“Most of them refuse to go to the clinic. Sometimes I feel it is easier to take care of my seven cats than take care of these transgenders,” said Ayu, herself a transgender and a prostitute.
The 31-year-old social worker said that she joined Srikandi two years ago after attending one of the group’s sessions.
“Before [joining Srikandi] I used to take [safe sex] for granted. I wasn’t taking care of my own health let alone helping others. But after joining Srikandi Pasundan and attending their sessions I became more aware of [HIV]. I’ve seen examples, cases. That’s when it hit me. I need to take my friends to these sessions and tests.”