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There were at least six similar raids on private spaces in , and more in early Each followed a pattern: vigilantism against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender LGBT people provided social sanction for abusive police action; vague and discriminatory provisions in the law empowered authorities to violate the privacy rights of people presumed to be LGBT; the venues raided were places where LGBT Indonesians believed they could gather safely and privately, to learn about health issues, make friends, and build community. All told, police in Indonesia apprehended at least LGBT people in alone because of their sexual orientation and gender identity—a spike from previous years and the highest such number ever recorded in Indonesia. The pattern of these raids suggests a systematic crackdown on LGBT rights, and their impact portends a public health crisis. This report—based largely on 48 in-depth interviews in Java, Kalimantan, and Sumatra in with victims and witnesses, health workers, and activists—updates a Human Rights Watch report from August that documented the sharp rise in anti-LGBT attacks and rhetoric that began in January of that year. And while the majority of new HIV infections in Indonesia occur through heterosexual transmission, one-third of new infections occur in MSM. One particularly troubling aspect of the anti-LGBT panic, detailed below, is that public health outreach to such populations has become far more difficult, making wider spread of the disease more likely.
This is a categorized, alphabetical list of people who are known to have been infected with the human immunodeficiency virus HIV , the pathogen that causes AIDS, including those who have died. AIDS is a pandemic. HIV is spread primarily by unprotected sex including anal and oral sex , contaminated blood transfusions , hypodermic needles , and from mother to child during pregnancy , delivery, or breastfeeding.
As a blog, we join hands with others to help raise awareness about HIV, including many of the stigmas — that still exist — through various events happening here in the U. We encourage you to learn all you can about this history of HIV. Stop by the Names Project to get a detailed overview of the Quilt.