Kenya: Kenya to launch gay census


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Kenya: Kenya to launch gay census

Kenya is believed to carry out a census of its gay population in an effort to reinforce the fight against HIV/AIDS, despite homosexuality being against the law, reports BBC. Nicolas Muragi, head of Kenya’s Aids prevention programme Nascop, explained that it was vital that the government reached out to the gay community. He said that gay people suffered from a lack of information about the disease. However, analysts say many people may be afraid to come forward in a country where homosexuality is not socially accepted and can result in jail. They recognized nevertheless that Kenya has made progress in its fight against HIV/Aids. While one in ten people had the virus in 1990s, the rate has now dropped to 6%. The census will be the first of its kind in Africa.

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