Why are Ugandan anti-gay laws contributing to HIV prevalence?

A transgender Ugandan poses in front of a rainbow flag during the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.  Scores of Ugandan homosexuals and their supporters are holding a gay pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe. The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated an anti-gay law that was widely condemned by some Western governments and rights watchdogs. (AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)

In April 2009, the Parliament of Uganda passed a resolution to strengthen Laws on Homosexuality, this was a private member bill that was submitted by MP Bahati David, in October 2009.  It meant that same sex partnerships in Uganda was illegal, punishable and criminalises homosexual behaviour with prison sentences lasting…

Sarah Nakimbowa

Sarah Nakimbowa lives in Uganda and is a member of Key Correspondents, a citizen journalism network reporting for action on HIV. The network is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

A protester wears a rainbow-colored wig and glasses as Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Homosexuality has been criminalized in Uganda where lawmakers have recently passed a new bill, which appears to have wide support among Ugandans, that prescribes life imprisonment for "aggravated" homosexual acts. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Same sex unions: how can we move towards change?

Public opinion is a major factor in harassment, discrimination and stigma against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in different African countries. Since LGBT activities are criminal and punishable by law in some states, members of the LGBT community live in fear and lack the freedom to express their…

Lucy Maroncha is a Kenyan freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.