UNAIDS Asia-Pacific


As a girl Ikka dreamed of becoming an accountant. She knew her parents could not afford to send her to university, so she resolved to pay for it herself. For almost three years she lived and worked in a brothel while studying. Davi’s parents divorced when he was a baby and he was raised by caring grandparents. In high school he led lots of extracurricular activities. He was also gay. Just three… Read More

Forty (40) healthcare workers from the Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap and Battambang districts in Cambodia have received training to provide young key population-friendly HIV services. The training was conducted by Youth LEAD, KHANA Cambodia and UNAIDS, with support from Cambodia’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD (NCHAD). The initiative is part of a regional healthcare worker sensitization programme supported by the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  

Youth advocates from 14 countries have called on governments and development partners in the Asia-Pacific region to adopt a comprehensive approach to addressing the high HIV risk now borne by young key populations. (Key populations are groups that are particularly vulnerable to HIV. They include men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers and transgender people.)

Held on October 20 and 21 in Bangkok, the 2nd Asia Pacific Youth Forum was co-organized by the Thailand Ministries of Public Health and Foreign Affairs, the UNAIDS Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Youth LEAD. Among other priorities, delegates advocated for more youth leadership, equitable access to quality and youth-friendly healthcare services, stronger strategies to tackle stigma and discrimination and increased access to funding for youth-led and key population programming.