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Seeking LGBT access to health care in Nigeria, Kenya, Jamaica

Images from the QuickCare app launched by TIERS.

Images from the Quickcare app launched by TIERS.

The QuickCare app provides health information and contacts especially for gay men and other men who have sex with men.

The Quickcare app provides health information and contacts especially suited to gay men and other men who have sex with men.

A Kenyan advocacy group and a Jamaican official are pleading for improved health care for LGBT citizens, while a Nigerian organization has launched a program to make access to medical care easier for LGBT people to obtain.

Items the latest edition of the UNAIDS Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI news, slightly edited here:

In Nigeria, where homosexuality is criminalized and can lead to a lengthy prison sentence, the Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERS) launched Quickcare, a mobile app that links LGBT people to health services, provides basic safe sex information, and suggests LGBT-friendly facilities in the country.

In Kenya, the National Commission on Human Rights advocacy group warned that discrimination against sex workers, trans people, prisoners, and gay people is impacting the spread of HIV in East and Southern Africa by discouraging them from seeking health services.

Delroy Chuck (Photo courtesy of the Jamaica Observer)

Delroy Chuck (Photo courtesy of the Jamaica Observer)

Delroy Chuck, Jamaica’s Minister of Justice, called on Parliamentarians to “act as advocates for people affected by HIV” and called on people to “rethink some of the beliefs” that lead key populations, including men who have sex with men, to suffer isolation, stigma, and discrimination.

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