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Sixteen years ago, Anya Nopalit was thrilled to learn she was pregnant, but then she received devastating news. “I learned that I had HIV. I was really sad and disappointed. I wondered, why did this happen to me?” said Ms Nopalit, who lives in a fishing village in Chantaburi Province in southeast Thailand.

The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14-24 March. The session is looking at women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development. In Southeast Asia, the Mekong River is a vast waterway with a diverse range of cultures. Christine McNab is a Canadian who has been living in Bangkok for several years. This year, she’s working… Read More

“I fell into sex work,” said “Soi” Phathranis Meekrua. “I was a hair stylist and many of my clients were sex workers. One day they invited me to come along and visit them in the street. I was approached by a customer and thought why not have sex.”

For Sakaodeuan Somkate the day she learnt about her status is as fresh as ever. “I remember it was raining. I was told my test result was positve, I couldn’t believe it was me. I kept crying and crying.”

The sun is starting to dip low over the horizon as Prayune Sawangnam (Prayune) steps into the brightly decorated offices of the Sisters Foundation. The non-profit organization provides health, education and support services to the transgender community in Pattaya, a beach town located a two-hour drive from Bangkok. Ms Prayune with her neat bun and long flowing dress presents a commanding figure and is treated respectfully by the dozen other transgender women… Read More

Watsamon Tri-yasakda who prefers to be called June is a 25-year-old freelance photographer who lives in Bangkok, Thailand. She graduated two years ago and her photo projects include event coverage as well as documentary photography and this year focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) stories. June photographed several major LGBT pride parades in Asia and recently covered “The One: Miss Teen Beauty Queen 2015” -a transgender teen beauty pageant in Thailand…. Read More

On 1 December, World AIDS Day, the Network of Thai Women Living with HIV registered as a Thai Foundation with the Thai government and pledged to use the funds raised by UNAIDS to build up its organization.

The Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic (TRCAC) sits nestled back from a busy street in Bangkok, Thailand. This globally renowned institution is a familiar place for Jonas Bagas, who visits the leafy compound regularly. Jonas lives in Manila in the Philippines but he comes here because he is taking oral pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, which for the moment in Asia is only available at TRCAC. In other countries, people taking part in… Read More