The six member-nations of the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) plan to ban the entry of gays by using medical tests to screen homosexual males.
Yousuf Mindkar, director of public health at the Kuwaiti Health Ministry, said on Wednesday that a central committee whose job is to assess the status of expatriates will study the proposal when it meets on Nov 11.
The medical tests are the ones used for ailments and conditions known to hit gays such as HIV, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) and Kaposi's Sarcoma. The screening will be done at airports.
The medical journal PubMed said that diagnostic methods for PCP have progressed from open lung biopsy to broncoalveolar lavage and induced sputum analysis. Symptoms of PCP include fever, non-productive cough, shortness of breath, weight loss and night sweats.
Kaposi's Sarcoma is tested via biopsy, chest X-ray, bronchoscopy and gastrointestinal endoscopy. Symptoms include the formation of purple, red or brown patches on the skin, plaques or nodules called lesions.
The GCC is made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Homosexual acts are prohibited in these states, although it is also common knowledge that some males from these nations because of the sexual repression brought by the predominant Islam religion in the Middle Eastern region, commit sodomy and fellatio with fellow males, whether locals or foreigners.
Locals and foreigners caught violating the ban in Kuwait face up to 10 years prison term if one of the parties is under 21. In Bahrain, 127 males, mostly gays aged 18 to 30 from the GCC member-nations, were arrested in 2011 for holding a "depraved and decadent" party in a rented sports hall in Muharraq island, north of Bahrain.