SHOWCASE August 7, 2017

Overcoming Challenges to Set Up On-site HIV Testing in Gay Saunas: Good Practices from AIDS Concern Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a special administrative region in China with a population of seven million people. In 2014 there were 750 new HIV/AIDS positive cases identified, compared with 317 cases in 2004. The number of new HIV cases among MSM has risen over the last few years making up today’s three-quarters of all new infections, with 15 people being diagnosed every …

SHOWCASE July 7, 2017

Highlighting LGBT Issues in Singapore’s Universal Periodic Review: Good Practices from Oogachaga and Pink Dot

Singapore remains one of the few developed countries where sexual relations between consenting adult men is still criminalised under section 377A of the Penal Code, an outdated and pointless law that remains on statute books of many former British colonies. To counter this, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore has adopted a subtle but effective resistance …

SHOWCASE October 12, 2016

Gayhealth.sg Raising HIV Awareness among Singaporean Gay Men through a Webseries

There are more and more gay webseries popping up on the wordwide web. Among them are those who aim to promote sexual health protection among young gay men – a demography that’s often left behind by the country’s healthcare system. While  Thailands has TestBKK‘s “GayOK Bangkok“, Singapore has “People Like Us” as part of Gayhealth.sg‘s HIV awareness and sexual health outreach …

SHOWCASE May 27, 2016

Nepal’s Miss Pink 2016

How Nepal's trans beauty pageant empowers the country's trans community.

On May 17th 2016, 18 participants took part in this year’s Miss Pink trans beauty pageant, a traditional pageant for the Nepali transgender community held in Jamal, Nepal. May 17th is the International day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) with many events taking place around the world and this year the Nepali Miss Pink contest will be joining in with …

SHOWCASE May 10, 2016

Raising the Bar for Progress – Improving the Safety and Well-being of Transgender People in Kerala, India

As a transgender person, Jaisy* is used to harassment but the time she spent in prison in Kerala, India stands out due to the physical and verbal abuse she was forced to endure. “I thought I’d rather die than go through that kind of humiliation,” she exclaimed. “The curiosity among the police officials as to how I am ‘physically’ different …

SHOWCASE March 22, 2016

Long Ride to the Taxi Rank – Progress on Transgender Rights in Kerala, India

“I still remember the day in 2014 when I met with senior Kerala government officials,” recalls Dr Arumugam Vijayaraman, Deputy Director, Voluntary Health Services (VHS) in Chennai, India. “Transgender visibility did not exist at that time in Kerala.” It seemed like it would be a long road ahead for transgender rights and visibility. However, the accelerator has been pushed over …

SHOWCASE February 29, 2016

The Dawn of a National Intersex Movement: The First National Intersex Workshop in Nepal

The first ever national level meeting on issues and challenges facing intersex people in Nepal was held this week in Kathmandu, providing an important opportunity for activists to advocate for inclusion in ongoing dialogue around human rights for sexual minorities in the country. “Intersex people are born with sex characteristics (including genitals, gonads and chromosome patterns) that do not fit …

PUBLICATIONS August 13, 2015

APCOM Increasing HIV Uptake among Young Gay Men in Bangkok through Bold and Creative “TestBKK” Campaign

TestBKK is an inclusive HIV testing campaign targeting young men who have sex with men (MSM) living in Bangkok, helped the city tackle its fear of HIV testing. Supported by a creative idea that truly understands young gay men and the power of social media, the campaign stimulated word of mouth, both online and offline, to encourage young Bangkok-based MSM to test for HIV . The …

PUBLICATIONS October 8, 2013

Innovative HIV Testing in China Case Study

APCOM’s Highlight series profile the often unheard of MSM and transgender community-based documentation of good practices from projects across Asia and the Pacific.

This case study highlights innovative use of internet for mass mobilisation HIV testing among MSM community in China. With the passage of time, the idea of using the internet has been practised widely by all walks of life, inclusive of health educators. The practitioner’s community named this model “Online to offline (O2O).” In 2012, GZTZ, an MSM health community in China, used …