Asia’s very few openly HIV positive people have been remarkably effective at organizing a wide range of advocacy, care and support groups. Here is a selection of the continent’s leading organizations; many have links to country-specific and other groups.

AIDS Access Foundation
48/282 Center Place
Ramkhamhaeng Rd.
Sapan Soong, Bangkok 10240 Thailand
Runs “My Positive Life,” an ongoing photo exhibit featuring HIV positive Southeast Asians. Free catalog available.

Provides AIDS news, treatment info and lists of services, with multilingual search available by country. Also offers an e-mail list of global AIDS news.

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Activist e-mail list for news and networking about AIDS in Asia.
Asia Pacific Council of AIDS Service Organizations (APCASO)
Room 201, Westwood Condominium 23 Eisenhower St.
Greenhills 1502 San Juan
Metro Manila, Philippines
Helps HIVers in remote, poor or underserviced areas. Publishes newsletter about Asian-Pacific AIDS issues.

Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN)
P.O. Box 235
Phrasingha Post Office
Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
Advocacy, training and outreach promoting harm reduction for IV-drug users.

Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (APN+)
62B Race Course Rd.
Singapore 218568
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Leader in PWA self-empowerment and activism continentwide. Lobbies for treatment, care and services, documents anti-PWA discrimination and violence, and promotes capacity-building and coming out. Publishes Lifting the Burden of Secrecy: A Manual for HIV-Positive People Who Want to Speak Out in Public.
Coordinated Action Research on AIDS and Migration (CARAM)
Info and advocacy for HIV positive migrant workers in Asia.

Growth House
Provides info and referrals on death and dying issues, multilingual links on AIDS in Asia and a chat room for PWA support.

Health Action Information Network
9 Cabanatuan Rd.
Philam Homes
Quezon City, Philippines 1104
Publishes AIDS Action, a quarterly international newsletter on prevention and care, with an Asian-Pacific edition.

Hong Kong AIDS Information Network
Focus on Hong Kong, with links to many Asian AIDS websites.

UNAIDS Asia Pacific Intercountry Team
Multilingual info and support services for PWAs in the Asia-Pacific region. Also offers an e-mail discussion list.

Utopia Asian Gay and Lesbian Resources
Includes country-specific ASO info.