GENEVA, 18 January 2017—UNAIDS has presented Professor Peng Liyuan, the First Lady of China, with the UNAIDS Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of her remarkable contribution to the global response to HIV. The award was presented to Professor Peng by the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, at a special ceremony held in her honour organized by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Growing up with HIV in the Philippines

The Philippines has the fast-growing HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific. Mae (not her real name) is a 13-year-old girl from Valenzuela City who was born with HIV. She is currently a student and recently started her first year of high-school. UNAIDS spoke to her about her experience.

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Veena has been living with HIV for more than 15 years and works as a community educator in Bangalore, India. But she still remembers the day she learned of her HIV-positive status. Read More

JAKARTA, 30 November 2016—The Queen of Indonesian Rap, Denada Tambunan and the prominent actress Atiqah Hasiholan are among an impressive list of well-known celebrities who are supporting the #SayaBerani (I am Brave) campaign, ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December. This is one of the first major campaigns to widely use the power of social media to promote HIV testing in Indonesia.

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BEIJING, 28 November 2016The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed the celebrated actor and humanitarian Huang Xiaoming as a UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador for China. The announcement was made at an event at the UNAIDS office in Beijing, China. Read More

Ekkarat Punyatara is a photographer for National Geographic Thailand and a freelance photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand. He is currently working on a series of photographs titled “Till I Bloom” which documents the lives of transgender women in a new light. UNAIDS spoke to him about his project which has captured his attention for almost a decade.

(The views and opinions expressed in interviews or commentaries are those of the interviewees and contributors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of UNAIDS)

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The UNAIDS Country Director for China, Catherine Sozi, has received an award for her exceptional contribution to health cooperation between China and Africa. The China Alliance for South–South Health Cooperation Research presented Ms Sozi with the special award during the 6th International Roundtable of China–Africa Health Cooperation on 22 November in Shanghai, China.

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Using fashion to celebrate transgender women

Sharmila Nair designs and retails saris online. The literature graduate did not know much about the transgender community, but inspired by the Kerala Government in India’s zero discrimination policy towards transgender people, Sharmila decided to launch a collection of saris dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community with transgender women as models. UNAIDS spoke to Sharmila about how fashion can promote social change.

(The views and opinions expressed in interviews or commentaries are those of the interviewees and contributors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of UNAIDS) Read More