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Across the globe, only one in ten men who have sexual relations with other men has access to sex education, HIV care and healthcare treatment. Due to anti-gay laws and stigmatisation their right to health care is jeopardized, while they are at a high risk for HIV. The Aids Fonds defends this right to health care and has initiated the launch of the #dutchkiss campaign in solidarity with the global LGBT community. An international symbol of the universal right to respect, free choice of partner and health care. Aidsfonds is calling on people to participate and share this Valentine's Day message: Let’s Fight Intolerance with Love. Let’s spread the #dutchkiss.
“Too many gay and bisexual men throughout the world are either too scared or not able to go to a physician. Either because they are afraid of facing humiliation, rejection or even violence due to their sexual orientation, or because nurses and doctors are worried that they will be prosecuted,” according to Ton Coenen, director of Aidfonds. “This is true for LGBT members in Russia, the country with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world, but also for gay men in countries such as Nigeria, Uganda and India.”
Aidsfonds supports initiatives and organisations like Spectrum, which dedicate efforts to fighting criminalisation and stigmatisation and stand up for better HIV care for the most vulnerable groups, and lobbies for their rights on a national and international level. By means of ‘the Dutch Kiss’, the Aids Fonds is appealing to Dutch citizens to participate and share a positive Valentine's Day message with the #DutchKiss in solidarity with the global LGBT community.
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