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ZongTai YoYo Wu

Organization: Taiwan I Seed Association

Region: Asia and the Pacific Islands

Nationality: Taiwan| Province of China

Country: Taiwan, Province of China

Interests & expertise: Ageing with HIV

Profession or occupation: Advocate/activist

What inspires you to work in the HIV field?

I am a co-founder of HIVstory, healthcare worker, civil education leader and advocate for U=U in Taiwan. Quality of life is usually ignored by the Taiwanese public health system. People living with HIV, including many who died, have been active partners in developing HIV treatment and pushing for better HIV prevention.

We wish we could be inspired by communities’ experience to shape the policy on people living with HIV and support measures for trans women. Policies are top down and planned by government employees who focus just on how to reduce HIV acquisition. So, they promote slogans that treat people living with HIV as criminals and are highly stigmatizing to men who have sex with men and trans populations. Communities have made efforts to change this. I have gone back to college for a Master’s degree, and I work with academic peers to let them know about living with HIV and HIV policies.

What are your goals as an IAS change maker?

I have taken experience from AIDS 2018 and AIDS 2020 and the most current scientific debates to facilitate the conversation for advocating a better healthcare service for people living with HIV. As the interplay of COVID-19 and HIV will a critical healthcare topic soon, I would like to take the opportunity to share and conduct a longitudinal investigation to probe healthcare stigma by working with people living with HIV, researchers, government representatives and other relevant stakeholders.

I hope this IAS change maker project will facilitate a cross-cultural discussion with people living with HIV in different cultural contexts and grassroots NGOs to explore the intersectionality of COVID-19 and HIV.

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