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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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The theme of this year’s World Health Day is depression. Jerson See found out his HIV-positive status when he was only 18. The news shattered his life. After a difficult few years, the 28-year old from Cebu in the Philippines is the Executive Director of  Cebu Plus, a dynamic non-profit health organization for people living with HIV. He tells UNAIDS about his struggle with depression in the early days of his diagnosis.

 (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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April 7th is World Health Day and this year the theme is depression. People living with HIV tell UNAIDS that depression is often a challenge they face, when first diagnosed with HIV.

Ayu Oktariani, is a 30 year-old mother living with HIV from Indonesia. She tells us her story of how she overcame depression after learning about her status.

(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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