HERO Awards 2021 Community Partners APN+, APTN and ILGA Asia Unveil much anticipated honourees list

By October 15, 2021 November 29th, 2021 Newsroom, Regional, What We Do

HIV HERO Honourees

Supported by our Community Partner – APN+

Aan Rianto


Having lived with HIV since 2015, I was inspired to become an HIV activist in 2018 when I came across literature on U=U. I then founded Jaringan Equals Indonesia (Equals_id), a community partner of the Prevention Access Campaign that continuously supports the promotion of U=U in Indonesia. I advocate for supporting and educating the local community on HIV with a positive outlook to minimize stigmas.  I promote U=U as a means to combat fears that are prevalent in Indonesia. 

Please briefly let us know about your work

I write many articles and share knowledge on HIV and U=U both within the community and also through social media. Through knowledge sharing, I promote equality for PLHIV and gender diversity in accessing health services.

What one achievement you’ve accomplished that you’re most proud of

Being able to promote equality and encourage the PLHIV community to live a better life by uplifting their well-being, that they should not live under the shame of stigma regardless their HIV status, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

What do you find most challenging about your work

Changing negative mindsets that were built by society Many times I have to face outdated medical practitioners and activists that are against sciences and studies.

What do you do to recharge your battery

Keep updating information and keep writing and sharing knowledge.

What is your vulnerability and how do you overcome it

Minimal support from the Ministry of Public Health, NGOs and medical practitioners. I often wonder how to overcome it? I try to create new networks of people who are willing to change their mindset through positive education and make them share new knowledge in their peer community.

What was your reaction to being named one of the honourees for the HIV Hero category

I am so proud because I would have a chance to be a voice for my community.

Despite the fact that the COVID-19 is still with us, what is a message that you would like to share with the communities in the Asia Pacific

The road would never be easy, but we have to start the fight. Everyone deserves equality and to be treated as other human beings with humanity without stigma and shame.

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