Hiv phone dating
The changing social landscape brought on by new technology has helped create a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents in the Asia-Pacific region.Through research, policy support and direct outreach, UNICEF is joining the effort to reverse an alarming trend.By connecting adolescents to a larger network of potential sexual partners, the apps also enable any HIV infections to spread further and faster.Nest sits in the garden of a trendy coffee shop in Ari, where Thai students meet to sip cappuccinos, hang out and play songs on an acoustic guitar.Adolescents with HIV also face stigma and discrimination, which can discourage them from seeking treatment.“In order to tackle this issue, governments need better data on adolescents, strategies for HIV prevention, and adolescent-specific laws and policies,” says Shirley Mark Prabhu, HIV Specialist for UNICEF East Asia and Pacific.BANGKOK, Thailand, 1 December 2015 – Nest is a 19-year-old living in Bangkok.Like many other gay adolescents, he uses mobile apps to meet up for dates. “I don’t like to have sex at the first meeting, I prefer to chat and get to know the person first.
Once, after he accidently cut himself during unsafe sex, he went for an HIV test. “I was very tense, and it took time to build up my courage to get the test.“I was living in Bang Kapi at the time,” he recalls.“We talked online for two months, then I came to Bangkok to meet him.He chats on Skype from his downtown apartment, wearing a large pair of DJ headphones.The social scene has changed enormously since Peter was in his late teens.