Without the right solution for the worldwide drug challenge, we cannot stop HIV

From 19 till 21 April 2016, nearly 200 UN member states will come together to discuss the solution for the ‘world drug problem’. We spoke to Edo, whose voice will represent the voices of the drug user community during the UN General Assembly…

Victory for LGBT people in Botswana: my best birthday gift ever!

I still feel the joy of that moment in court one month ago. 16 March 2016 was perhaps one of the greatest moments in history for the LGBT people in Botswana. The court ruled in favour of registration of LEGABIBO. The Director of Civil and National…

My daughter – my motivation

Because I have a wonderful daughter of almost two, I’m more motivated than ever to continue my work for Real People Real Vision. Everything has changed since she is born. I’m even more occupied with my health and accessibility to HIV medicines…

The medicines saved my life

My name is Jonah and I live in Uganda with my two children. After I was diagnosed with HIV, I faced many challenges. It isn’t always easy to get access to treatment. I got HIV when I was only 15 years old and still in school. For a long time…

My unexpected happiness

My name is Toan and I’m glad to tell my story. Life can take unexpected turns and rarely goes the way you planned it. I’m a homosexual man living in Vietnam. I have faced all kinds of challenges. After I graduated from high school in 2007,…

Phuong makes her own decisions

My name is Loan. I’m a woman and I live in Vietnam. Sometimes, sex workers tell me sad stories about their life before they entered the industry and about their present situation. I used to be an outreach worker for the community outreach…

We continue to push for humane alternatives

People who use drugs continue to face stigma and discrimination in Indonesia. The assignment of a new head of the National Narcotics Agency, Budi Waseso, has brought a host of new challenges. For example, he has plans to build a prison for people…

IMPROVING HUMAN RIGHTS for sex workers in Uganda

Last week I was at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) which took place in Harare, Zimbabwe. I was one of the speakers of the Bridging the Gaps satellite session entitled ‘How to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030? Key…

My proud moment at ICASA

My name is Bradley Fortuin, I’m 26 years old and I live in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. In my country, one in four people are living with HIV, so all people are directly or indirectly affected by HIV and AIDS. I myself, for example,…

How I became empowered

My name is Allen and I live in Uganda. I do sex work in Wandegeya, a neighbourhood in Kampala. In my country, sex workers have to face stigma and are often arrested by the police and imprisoned. I used to fear police officers so much. However,…

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