The Tanzanian government has stopped nearly forty health centers from providing AIDS-related services.

The privately run centers are being accused of “catering to homosexuals” in a country where gay sex is still a criminal offence. According to Health minister Ummy Mwalimu, the government believes that non-governmental organizations are using certain health centers to promote gay sex.

Amnesty International has revealed that gay sex is punishable by up to thirty years in prison in Tanzania while up to two-thirds of all African countries have criminalized consensual same-sex conduct.

The Tanzanian health minister further announced that the government is expanding its HIV/AIDS services to 3 000 health centers throughout the country. Meanwhile the government has temporarily suspended HIV/AIDS outreach projects that target gay men.

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