In April we provided – together with our local partner Bandanh Chaktomok – four times emergency aid: twice to a gay man living with HIV, twice to trans women living with HIV. We are currently looking for an internship for the young man.
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.
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.
Untenu Foundation is involved in Cambodia’s LGBTI community, specially those who are living with HIV. The L in LGBTI is an underexposed group. Lesbian women have the least risk of being infected with HIV in most countries. In Cambodia however, that is different. Yesterday Untenu helped an HIV-positive lesbian woman in the coastal town of Sihanoukville.
A transgender woman from Phnom Penh was so ill that she was rushed to the hospital. Deceased mother, disowned by her father, homeless. An HIV test made clear what was wrong: HIV positive.