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Uganda health minister: Gays will still get care

Pepe Julian Onziema, one of few gay rights activists in Uganda, said homosexuals face frequent discrimination.
Pepe Julian Onziema, one of few gay rights activists in Uganda, said homosexuals face frequent discrimination.Stephen Wandera/Associated Press

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The medical workers who knew he was gay ignored him, attending to those who arrived after him as they openly gossiped about his homosexuality.

Pepe Julian Onziema, a prominent gay activist in Uganda, said Wednesday he recently was forced to confront some nurses at a private clinic after they neglected to serve him in apparent hostility toward his sexual orientation.

Now that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a new law imposing harsh sentences for gay sex, life is expected to become even more difficult for the country’s homosexuals, including getting health care. The Ugandan government has issued assurances that health workers will not discriminate against homosexuals, but some gays say they are not confident about that.

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