O. – a trans woman living with HIV – went to Sihanoukville for her relationship and to find work. Because of this she wanted to hide her HIV status and stopped taking HIV inhibitors.
All massage parlors in Cambodia had to close due to the government implemented corona measures. Sex workers sometimes finds their clients at massage parlors. This is what Transwoman T.P. from Siem Reap did to support herself and her family.
Poverty & HIV; it has a face: that of K. from Battambang. If working in the factory does not yield enough income for his family, he will work in the entertainment business in Bangkok. (updated March 11, 2020)
K. died today, March 11
To our great sadness we learned today that this afternoon K. deceased in the house of his uncle. His mother could not pay the medical costs and took him to his uncle’s home.
Untenu Foundation contributes to the costs for the funeral.
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.
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.
Pattaya and Jomtien (Thailand) have a great attraction for foreign sex tourists and sex workers. The good listener hears Lao and Khmer speak in the many gay bars as well as Thai. Read the story of the Cambodian boy M.T.: gay, HIV+, sex worker in Pattaya. He was found sick in Thailand and brought home and cared for with the help of Untenu Foundation.
Today Untenu has granted money to BC (Bandanh Chaktomok – National LGBT Network Cambodia) to help an HIV positive transgender sex worker with medical assistance so that she will be able to start working again after recovering.
Some people are not good informed about the way to use ARV. Once they feel better, some people stop using their HIV-medication. And then they’ll get sick again. Yesterday Untenu and Bandanh Chaktomok gave food and medical aid to a 30 years young gay man because he got seriously ill when he stopped taking his ARV.
You’ve all seen him on the slide show on our front page: Sychai. Yesterday we heard the news that he has deceased two days ago. He was far too young, he leaves a wife behind.