Further arrests of HIV male suspects were carried out by Egyptian police, bringing the total number of recent arrests to 12. The arrests started October 2007 when a man who was arrested said he was HIV positive & was taken to the Public Morality police.
2 of the 4 newly-detained males tested positive. According to Human Rights Watch, HIV-positive Egyptian males are detained, interrogated about other suspects, undergo physical abuse, chained to hospital beds and forced to undergo virus related tests.
As there are no specific laws against homosexuality, rulings are based on other laws including obscenity & prostitution. Human right activists warned that the arrests & treatment of homosexuals will have an adverse effect on Egypt’s fight against HIV.