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Aids ConcernAids Concern
Founded in Hong Kong in 1990, AIDS Concern was the first non-government organization response to HIV/AIDS in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Moving on from the 20th anniversary, we have a much more sophisticated understanding of how HIV epidemics evolve, and a track record of innovative community-based initiatives with more than a little creative flare.
We understand that the key to preventing Hong Kong’s AIDS problem from developing into a generalized epidemic is to work directly and collaboratively with the communities most vulnerable to infection. We believe that prevention should be both pragmatic and bold; it has to confront the fact that in the local context HIV is primarily sexually transmitted. We have developed a range of sexual health interventions targeting communities of sexually active individuals with a view to increasing condom use, reducing the number of sex partners and increasing access to testing and treatment services for HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Reviewing the past, we have learned that our biggest obstacle is the stigma attached to AIDS. Negative judgments about HIV/AIDS, and about the groups most vulnerable to infection, have a direct impact on the lives of individuals and communities living with the disease. We have seen on firsthand how these judgments support concealment, foster denial and nurture fear. If we could turn blame into acceptance we could more easily reach the people who need our services. We could ensure that those who need testing get it in time to receive effective treatment, and to prevent them from unknowingly infecting others. We could help create communities that deal with their sexual health problems.