(Sylvia Tan and Laurindo Garcia) - Fridae members and community partners in Japan share their thoughts and experiences since the earthquake and tsunami hit last Friday, Mar 11.
I have some suggestions for people who live in foreign countries to help us. First, praying for safety in damaged areas. Second, help [businesses] in Japan and buy Japanese products.
- Itaru Tomita, Chief Editor, G-Men Magazine - Tokyo
Though I have not talked to many PLHIV after the arthquake, privacy and medication compliance will be the biggest challenges among them. I am worried about access to treatment.
- Toma Nemoto, member of Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS Nagasaki >>>
(Sylvia Tan and Laurindo Garcia) - During crisis times such as this, LGBT people and PLHIV may face additional difficulties. Fridae gets in touch with LGBT/ PLHIV groups to find out how they are copinLGBT people especially those living at evacuation centres may have to keep their relationships under wraps and not be able to draw on the support of his/her same-sex partner despite the trauma they are going through. Transgender people may not be able to access medical supplies they need and may also face discrimination at evacuation centres such as using the restrooms of the gender they identify with, LGBT groups tell Fridae. >>>