Former Botswana President Calls For Legalizing Homosexuality For HIV Prevention

The former president of Botswana, Festus Mogae, has said homosexuality should be decriminalized to help minimize the spread of HIV. Botswana has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world with 17 percent of its population HIV positive. Mogae said he does not understand homosexuals, but that they are citizens nonetheless, and “to protect them and their clients from being infected, you have to assist them to protect themselves. I don’t think by arresting them you help them.” Leaders of the Commonwealth countries will meet in Australia next week for the Commonwealth heads of government meeting, where they will discuss decriminalizing homosexuality in the 41 countries that still persecute gays under the law.