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Yoweri Museveni - Uganda president signs tough anti-gay bill into law with death penalty in some cases - fox29.com - Uganda
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Uganda president signs tough anti-gay bill into law with death penalty in some cases
FILE - A member of the LGBTQ community prays during an evangelical church service on April 23, 2023, in Kampala, Uganda. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images) KAMPALA, Uganda - Uganda's president has signed into law tough new anti-gay legislation supported by many in this East African country but widely condemned by rights activists and others abroad.The version of the bill signed by President Yoweri Museveni doesn't criminalize those who identify as LGBTQ, a key concern for campaigners who condemned an earlier draft of the legislation as an egregious attack on human rights.But the new law still prescribes the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality," which is defined as cases of sexual relations involving people infected with HIV as well as with minors and other categories of vulnerable people.A suspect convicted of "attempted aggravated homosexuality" can be imprisoned for up to 14 years, according to the legislation.RELATED: UN rights chief calls Uganda anti-LGBTQ bill 'deeply troubling'Parliamentary Speaker Anita Among said in a statement that the president had "answered the cries of our people" in signing the bill."With a lot of humility, I thank my colleagues the Members of Parliament for withstanding all the pressure from bullies and doomsday conspiracy theorists in the interest of our country," the statement said.Museveni had returned the bill to the national assembly in April, asking for changes that would differentiate between identifying as LGBTQ and actually engaging in homosexual acts.
Magic Johnson denies fake story that he was donating blood to COVID-19 patients - dailymail.co.uk - Los Angeles
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Magic Johnson denies fake story that he was donating blood to COVID-19 patients
NBA legend Magic Johnson took to Twitter on Tuesday to shoot down a fake story circulating on Twitter that he was donating blood to COVID-19 patients.A photo of the 63-year-old Los Angeles Lakers legend, who announced at a 1991 press conference that he had contracted the HIV virus, started circulating last week with that claim, though Johnson denied it in a tweet on Tuesday.The Associated Press also shed more light on the viral photo, revealing that the photo originated from a 2012 documentary showing Johnson getting his blood drawn at a routine doctor's appointment, not donating blood to the Red Cross. Fake story: NBA legend Magic Johnson took to Twitter on Tuesday to shoot down a fake story circulating on Twitter that he was donating blood to COVID-19 patientsThe image first surfaced on a satire Twitter account, with many others Twitter accounts sharing it.One Twitter account dubbed @NBAGoatMuse tweeted the photo with the inaccurate caption, 'Earlier today, NBA legend Magic Johnson donated some of his blood to the Red Cross to help underprivileged communities help fight COVID-19.' Johnson simply responded Tuesday on Twitter, 'I’m aware of the false story circling the internet, and to be clear, I have never donated blood.' Never: Johnson simply responded Tuesday on Twitter, 'I’m aware of the false story circling the internet, and to be clear, I have never donated blood'The AP report reveals that the image comes from the 2012 PBS Frontline documentary Endgame: AIDS in Black America.The still, which was also published by NPR in July 2012, was taken from a scene where Johnson's longtime physician, Dr.
Woman appears to be cured of HIV after using new treatment, NIH says - fox29.com
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Woman appears to be cured of HIV after using new treatment, NIH says
announced on Tuesday. A new transplant method using umbilical cord blood was originally being used to treat the woman’s acute myeloid leukemiabut following the treatment, scientists discovered she had no detectable levels of HIV for 14 months despite discontinuing antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART involves taking a combination of HIV medicines to manage and treat symptoms, according to the National Institute of Health. The research was conducted by the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trial Network (IMPAACT) P1107 beginning in 2015, according to an NIAID news release announcing the findings. Researchers observed the outcomes of up to 25 participants living with HIV who underwent a transplant with cord blood stem cells for cancer treatment, hematopoietic disease, or other underlying diseases, the news release continued. The patient was a woman of mixed-race ancestry and was HIV-positive for four years, according to researchers at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) on Tuesday. She was also diagnosed with leukemia and was in remission for her cancer after chemotherapy treatment, the news release continued. In 2017, the patient received the stem cell treatment supplemented with adult donor cells from a relative and by day 100, there was no HIV detected. After 37 months of the stem cell transplant, the patient stopped all HIV treatment. FILE - Test tubes that contains blood samples from patients that tested positive with HIV.
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