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Five Egyptian HIV+ Men Sentenced to 3 Years

Jim Burroway

April 9th, 2008

Last February, we reported on eight Egyptian men who were arrested when police discovered that one of them was HIV-positive. Four had already been sentenced to one year in jail for the “habitual practice of debauchery.” Now we learn that five more have been sentenced to harsher terms:

An Egyptian judicial official says four HIV-positive men have been convicted of being homosexual and sentenced to three years in prison followed by three years of close police supervision.

The official says on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press that a fifth man without HIV was also convicted and received the same sentence.

According to Human Rights Watch, Cairo police have arrested at least twelve men since last October in what’s being described as a “growing witchhunt” for people suspected of being HIV-positive.

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Emily K
April 9th, 2008 | LINK

Wait, do we know they’re gay and they’re HIV+? Or do they just assume they’re gay BECAUSE they’re HIV+?

It’s always disheartening to see an encouragement of the gay-HIV+ stereotype – by gay HIV+ men.

Jim Burroway
April 9th, 2008 | LINK

You’re right, Emily. Strictly speaking, we don’t know. However based on the circumstances of their arrest, it appears that they are gay. Nevertheless, I’ve changed the headline to reflect how most news reports are reporting the story.

Joel
April 9th, 2008 | LINK

Since they arrested one non HIV positive man, i believe that just seems to be a coincidence.

Why would they call it a “‘growing witchhunt’ for people suspected of being HIV-positive”, this story does not add to this witchhunt, but rather, questioning if this HIVpositive=gay=criminal as the human rights watch wants to portray it, to be true.

SO egypt arrests ppl for BEING gay? Or like Iran… for gay intercourse/relationship.

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