‘Yes, I am gay, but I have a right to live, love and be loved’

My name is Dung. I’m a man of 28 years living in Vietnam. I’ve gone through a long period of depression and loneliness. For years I wanted to find an answer to this question: ‘Who am I?’ When I was 18, I found out that I felt attracted…

Being a male sex worker in Vietnam

My name is Thuan and I live in Vietnam. I am a male sex worker in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon. I grew up without my father and was raised by my mother and grandmother. They had to work very hard to raise me and my two brothers. When…

I am proud to be a sex worker!

My name is Kisakye. I am a woman of 29 years old. I live in Uganda together with my daughter Nakyi. To earn money I do sex work in Kisenyi, a district in Kampala. Being a sex worker means I have to face many challenges. For example, I find it…

How to solve unpleasant incidents: talk!

One day, when I was doing outreach work, there was an incident near the Tan Thuan Bridge. I was sitting and talking with Thao and two other sex workers, when a new customer approached Thao and gave the price. Suddenly, a second man turned up…

How individuals hidden from the view can make a difference: the story of Joseph

Joseph is a 45 year old homeless man who has lived on a using site for 25 years. He has no family that he has contact with, and his home consists of a makeshift shelter of cardboard and plastic sheeting that provides some protection from the…

Despite hardships, LEGALIFE is able to stick to its mission

The situation in Ukraine is still unstable. This negatively influences the life of sex workers. They experience a decrease in income, which is directly linked to the general fall of living standards. People simply don’t have the money to pay…

Lack of information makes people sick

In Costa Rica, many transgender women don’t have sufficient knowledge to keep their bodies healthy. And when a transgender woman gets an STI, she usually cannot afford a complete treatment, including checkups and medicines. She wouldn’t…

Youth Vision gave me a substitute for breastfeeding to protect my child against HIV

My Name is Rama, I’m 37 years old and I live in Nepal. I have a sweet little daughter, Kabitha, she is 16 months old. Until she was eleven months old, I breastfed her. But I was terrified that my milk was poisoning my daughter, as I’m living…

Let’s accept HIV and hepatitis C as any other illness and stop discriminating it!

In Indonesia, the number of people who use drugs being detained and incarcerated remains high. Currently, 35-40 percent of the total number of prisoners are people who are detained on drug-related charges. In January 2015, President Joko Widodo…

Let's accept HIV and hepatitis C as any other illness and stop discriminating it!

In Indonesia, the number of people who use drugs being detained and incarcerated remains high. Currently, 35-40 percent of the total number of prisoners are people who are detained on drug-related charges. In January 2015, President Joko Widodo…

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