– Be Inclusive partners with Action for AIDS to launch the Inclusive Employers Pledge where Singapore companies unite against HIV discrimination. The Pledge has been signed by 80 companies in Singapore – with Salesforce as lead signatory – and is an active demonstration of their commitment to an inclusive workplace, free from stigma and discrimination. Local NGOs such as Oogachaga, Project X and The T Project are also collaborators of this Pledge.
Action for AIDS is heartened by the Minister’s call to destigmatize HIV and to protect people living with HIV (PLHIV) from discrimination in accessing healthcare, stable employment and acceptance in society.
Verbal calls to destigmatize HIV infection and PLHIV must be followed-up with real action. Measures need to be put in place to protect PLHIV, to progress from mere guidelines to actual laws with teeth and to ensure that they have access to affordable medical care, education, jobs, health and life insurance.
We can address HIV-related stigma by asking these questions. Why do we still perceive HIV infection as a reflection of a person’s moral character?
Should our policies be reviewed in an evidence-based manner to ensure vulnerable members of society are protected?
Are HIV laws helping, or do they have the opposite effect of increasing stigma and discrimination?
Action for AIDS is deeply troubled by this incident that has the potential of damaging the lives of persons living with HIV and their loved ones.
We stand with all whose private information may have been accessed and violated. This is a criminal act that should be condemned and answered in the most severe terms possible.
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Section 377A strengthens and perpetuates stigma and discrimination of Men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) and Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV), and Action for AIDS firmly believes that the repeal of Section 377A will significantly strengthen HIV and STI Control Programmes in Singapore, not just for the gay and other homosexual men, but indeed for everyone.
As an active citizen, Prof Roy Chan helped set up AfA 30 years ago and is currently the president of AfA. His contributions have helped shaped many communities in Singapore including marginalized groups and individuals. The organization continues to empower and engaging persons living with HIV, ensuring that their voices are heard and needs met.
This video footage is a part of S’pore Discovery Centre’s National Day 2018 ‘We’re SG’ Special Exhibition. For more information about the exhibition, please visit www.sdc.com.sg.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing away of Benjamin Bernice Gho. He used to front several local gay bar, namely MOX and Does Your Mother Know (DYMK) and a “mother” to many.
We in AfA who have known him closely are still trying to come to terms with this sad, tragic news. We have known Ben for many years and are devastated to learn of his passing.
Are We Ready For Battle?
With lessons learnt from the SARS epidemic, Singapore stands ready for the next major outbreak. With interview by our heros Ajmal and Avin Tan about how stigma and discrimination affects persons living with HIV.
This year, we were honoured to present the Awards to two remarkable organisations with whom we have enjoyed significant partnerships: The British High Commission and Luxasia Foundation. At the event to receive the Awards were His Excellency Scott Wightman, British High Commissioner to Singapore, and Mr Patrick Chong, Chairman of Luxasia Foundation.
Interview with Prof Roy Chan, former Director of the National Skin Centre and Founding President of Action for AIDS (Singapore). He explained why sexually-transmitted diseases are managed by dermatologists in Singapore, and also discussed the state of HIV social acceptance and management in Singapore