It is important we’re aware around the education for AID and HIV because it will help our community thrive and to ensure our love continues. As part of the LGBTQ community, we need to view education about our overall health and wellness.
What can we do?
Our friend Vu is leading the #BlueRibbonBoys, which is a progressive, sex-positive campaign that provides education around HIV and AIDS prevention and education.
Don’t just take our word for it. We think it’s best if you hear it directly from Vu in his own words why this campaign is needed in Thailand.
Take it away, Vu:
Hello! My name is Vu, a 24-year-old gay guy from Vietnam. I’m currently living in Bangkok.
Last month the MSM Global Forum and Hornet introduced their global campaign #BlueRibbonBoys to Thailand. As a self-proclaimed HIV activist, I was eager to add a blue ribbon to my profile, showing my commitment to promote my wellbeing and strengthening community health.
By taking part in Blue Ribbon Boys, I want to show the world that I care to learn about the latest innovation, and I take every action to obtain it, to protect myself. I strongly believe that this is what every modern gay man should do nowadays. To be aware is to live confidently.
Blue Ribbon Boys is sending the message that I have always wanted to say for years. Instead of fearing people, we must encourage them, empower them, and show them how to enjoy their life. Isn’t it overall health and wellness the goal that we have been aiming for with all these campaigns? Everyone wants to be happy, and better health will enable a happier life!
I was fortunate to know about PrEP, understand that undetectable means the virus can’t be transmitted, and to know how important it is to get regularly tested and treated for STIs. But as we continue to share information with each other, more people will also know how to stay healthy. This isn’t a Thailand issue, but a global challenge that affects the LGBTQ.
In Bangkok, you may have access to PrEP, you can get tested to know your status and information is right at your fingertips. That’s actually what you will see after finishing the Blue Ribbon Boys survey, the information!
Wait no more. Join me to become a global advocate for a world where we all take action to support the health and wellness of our community.
As they say, knowledge is power.
By Romey Louangvilay and Vu