Sunday May 19 is the day Untenu Foundation – in cooperation with Mara Projecten – organises the fourth edition of AIDS Candlelight Memorial. For the third time in Rotterdam. Starting at 5 PM, free admission. Remembering our beloved ones who we lost because of AIDS.
This year we have already helped ten people, four of whom in the last eight weeks. All gay men with HIV who did not have the money for much needed food and medical help. An overview.
Update January 31: At the age of eighteen, R.P.went to Thailand and worked as a sex worker for five years. Now he is 23 and went home sick: AIDS & TB. Our help was of no avail, R.P. is deceased.
January is usually a quiet month at Untenu. This year not: already five times we released budget for emergency relief for LGBTIs living with HIV in Cambodia. Below we tell the stories of three men who were admitted to the hospital recently.
The new year was just beginning or bad news came: H.S. (33) from Battambang – who suffered from TB & HIV – died.
Last week we received 3 requests at Untenu to assist people with HIV: a gay man of 30; a transwoman of 28 and finally a lesbian of 28 years old.
Halfway through Rotterdam Pride we got a request to help K.C.: he was admitted with stomach problems. Besides HIV, he was also infected with tuberculosis (TB). A week later he died. Our help was of no avail.
Her name is PC, she is 57 years old, transgender and she earns her money as a fortune teller at the Poipet market, where she also cleans on demand. She has known for 10 years that she is HIV-positive, but became ill because she didn’t have enough money to take her medicine with food.
The HIV virus is one of the causes of the global tuberculosis epidemic. According to the World Health Organisation, by 2015 there were 1.2 million HIV-infected people worldwide who received TB (source: KNCV Tuberculose Fonds). Today, we provided money for a 33-year-old gay man who, in addition to HIV, also contracted tuberculosis.
Y.N. worked as a journalist in Phnom Penh. Nobody knew why he often stayed at home ill. He hid his HIV status. And now he has lost his job.