The head of India’s global health fund said LGBT people will be less at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS after the legalization of gay sex, according to Reuters.
“Criminalisation of communities ... demonstrably increases their vulnerability to diseases like HIV because it creates barriers to accessing health services,” said Peter Sands, head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria told Reuters. “On the other hand, decriminalisation is big step forward, it breaks down those barriers.”
The Global Fund, a group of governments, civil society, and private sector organizations invests around $4 billion a year to fight HIV. This has helped cut the number of people dying from HIV by a third.