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Commonwealth nations face "existential threat" for HIV

Commonwealth nations face "existential threat" for HIV

Updated 29 February 2012, 9:55 AEDT

The former Australian High court justice Michael Kirby warns Commonwealth nations are facing an "existential threat" from the virus that causes AIDS.

Mr Kirby is one of nine members of the so called Eminent Persons Group, appointed at the last Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2009, to review the organisation.

The rate of HIV infection is twice as high in Commonwealth nations than other countries, and Mr Kirby says that's because most Commonwealth nations still crimalise homosexuality... stigmatising gays, and stopping them from protecting themselves.

Presenter:Sabra Lane

Speaker:Michael Kirby, former Australian High Court judge

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