HOC – Minh Thuận 3

I still remember vividly every single word in a text message of a friend living with HIV as he left: “I will return to the village, don’t bother looking for me, I have HIV now, and I don’t want to continue living there to give it to you all…”. At the time, he only thought that had he stayed, he would have given it to his clients, and the clients would give it to us. Each time I think of that text message, my heart aches. I felt defeated… I cannot do anything to help him!

Until 2009, I attended a community event for male sex workers, I was stunned when seeing how completely wrong I and my friends were about HIV. I networked to become an outreach person (peer lay provider) with a modest salary.

Green One UN House, 304 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Viet Nam