Entries by Harriet


Tung’s story

“LGBT people are involved in the solutions for the HIV epidemic in Vietnam” My name is Doan Thanh Tung, and I’m 27 years old. I’m the Director of Lighthouse, an organisation by and for LGBT people in Vietnam. We offer welcoming HIV services for men who have sex with men and others at risk of […]


Irena’s story

“I stand up for the rights of women who use drugs in Kyrgyzstan – many of them are living with HIV” My name is Irena Ermolaeva. I’m the director of Asteria, an organisation by and for women who use drugs in Kyrgyzstan. In my country, people who inject drugs are often living with HIV. It […]


John’s story

“I’m passionate about sex workers’ rights and HIV activism” My name is John Mathenge, and I live in Kenya. I identify as gay. About fifteen years ago, I was diagnosed with HIV. I’ve been working as a sex worker in Kenya for many years. I would regularly meet other male sex workers informally in bars […]



In Vietnam, an estimated 256,000 people are living with HIV. Key populations are disproportionately affected: 11 per cent of men who have sex with men and 17 per cent of transgender people are HIV-positive. These groups experience numerous challenges. Without effective solutions, HIV rates are expected to rise in Vietnam. Lighthouse, an organisation by and […]



Women know best what women need – including in HIV programming Eastern Europe and Central Asia is the only region in the world where HIV rates continue to rise rapidly. Between 2011 and 2016, the number of HIV-positive people in Kyrgyzstan more than doubled. Women who use drugs are particularly vulnerable. Yet, they face several […]



Barriers to HIV testing and treatment are being dismantled In Kenya, some 1.6 million people are living with HIV. And, every year, an estimated 71,000 new infections occur. One-third of the newly infected people belong to key populations, including sex workers and men who have sex with men. HOYMAS welcomes people at risk of HIV […]

Together we speak, starting with silence on 16 November

On Friday November 16 grassroots movements and NGOs worldwide will be silent or put their websites on black. In response to the current global context, in which people around the world are facing increasing attacks on their basic freedoms, and a culture of division which is causing many of us to turn against each other. […]

The second Learning Institute kicks off in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

26 March 2018, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) – Today the second Learning Institute of Bridging the Gaps kicks off in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. During this three-day-gathering 25 representatives from our in-country partners  will link and learn on the impact of shrinking space for civil society organisations and how to build resilience to counter the negative impact. Community empowerment […]

What does ICASA 2017 tell us about what will happen at AIDS 2018?

by Trisa Taro, Program Impact Manager from the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) Last week, at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) 2017, governments, global institutions, and activists from across Africa gathered in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Shrinking space for civil society and key populations As someone who has been to a […]

ICASA for a first-timer

Hi all! I am Karin van der Velde and I work for the sex work team at Aidsfonds and have been doing so since April. That work also involves activities for the Bridging the Gaps programme. This is my first trip abroad since joining Aidsfonds. I’m in Abidjan to attend ICASA,  the biggest AIDS conference […]

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