Health ministers from the BRICS countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) have agreed to strengthen their surveillance capacity and health-care services to respond to infectious diseases, such HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. They adopted a joint communiqué during the opening ceremony of the BRICS high-level meeting on traditional medicine, which is being held in Tianjin, China, on 6 and 7 July.
Equal Eyes on Asia is a new round-up of the latest news on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues in Asia.
From the UN: The UN Human Rights Committee declared that Australian legislation that prevents married trans people from changing their birth certificates to match their gender identity is in violation of international human rights law. Australian officials contend that gender changes could result in same-sex marriages, currently illegal in the country.
The Kokoda trail winds through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea and is billed as one of the world’s most challenging treks. Nearly 100 km long, the track goes through rugged mountainous terrain and hikers are buffeted by hot and humid days followed by intensely cold nights. Carol Habin is a member of the national organization of people living with HIV in Papua New Guinea, called Igat Hope Inc., and she decided to raise HIV awareness by hiking the trail in June. She joined a group of around 20 people from Australia, which also included HIV-positive people.
SEOUL/BANGKOK, June 22 2017—More than 30 years since the start of the HIV epidemic in the Republic of Korea, a new survey found people living with HIV reported facing high levels of stigma and discrimination. The Korean People Living with HIV Stigma Index is the first peer-led research in the country to detect and measure how people living with HIV experience stigma and discrimination.
BANGKOK, June 14, 2017 – Reducing rising rates of HIV transmission among Asian gay men through the innovative use of digital communications is the focus of a special event which opened today in Bangkok. Read More
Dy Sokha has a ready smile and calls out friendly greetings to doctors, nurses and patients as she walks through the bustling hallways of the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She is brightly dressed in a peach pink shirt and is a full-time counsellor with the ARV Users Association (AUA), a community-based organization providing services to people living with HIV.
MANILA, 3 May 2017—UNAIDS has appointed Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific. The announcement was made at a special event with students at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.
New law bans discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV in India
NEW DELHI, 11 April 2017—UNAIDS welcomes a new law passed by the Indian Parliament providing strong legal protection against HIV-related discrimination.