05 Sep '11, 1am

One reason to repeal s377A

I REFER to last Tuesday's article ('Study looks at sexual behaviour of gay men'). The effort to glean information for the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections is admirable. But I am not surprised that the study has fallen far short of its target of 1,000 participants and has managed only a meagre 40. With Section 377A of the Penal Code still in place, sex between men remains illegal in Singapore. No matter how much confidentiality is promised, there will be understandable reluctance from potential participants. For, in effect, the study asks that gay men make the admission of having committed a criminal act. Section 377A not only hinders important studies from being conducted, but also ties the hands of educators who should be teaching young ones the proper way to regard safe sex, irrespective of one's sexual orientation. In short, 377A is detrimenta...

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