Desmond Tutu (pictured) has called for the decriminalization of homosexuality to better help combat the spread of HIV in the gay community, The BBC reports.
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He argued that anti-homosexuality laws are as wrong as apartheid laws were.
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“Never let anyone make you feel inferior for being who you are,” Tutu said. “When you live the life you were meant to live, in freedom and dignity.”
His remarks, published in the UK publication, “The Lancet Journal,” were well-received by HIV campaigners. A team of researchers, led by Prof Chris Beyrer of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, published a comprehensive report in The Lancet concerning the increasing spread of HIV between men who have sex with other men.
The problem of ascertaining the spread of HIV within the gay community is especially problematic in Africa and the Middle East where being an openly gay can lead to death.