An exhibition showcasing the result of involving key populations in the HIV response

Through a photo exhibition Bridging the Gaps brings to life the challenges that key populations face, but above all showcases the positive impact of meaningfully involving them in the HIV response. The exhibition illustrates how Bridging the Gaps works, and what the programme means in practice through example stories of change in Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and Vietnam. Three projects are highlighted, including personal stories of community members. You can read these stories below. 

The complete stories

A STORY OF CHANGE IN KENYA

In Kenya, some 1.6 million people are living with HIV. And, every year, an estimated 71,000 new infections occur. One-third of the newly infected people belong to key populations, including sex workers and men who have sex with men. HOYMAS welcomes people at risk of HIV in their stigma-free clinic. …

A STORY OF CHANGE IN KYRGYZSTAN

Eastern Europe and Central Asia is the only region in the world where HIV rates continue to rise rapidly. Between 2011 and 2016, the number of HIV-positive people in Kyrgyzstan more than doubled. Women who use drugs are particularly vulnerable. Yet, they face several barriers to HIV services. Asteria, an …

A STORY OF CHANGE IN VIETNAM

In Vietnam, an estimated 256,000 people are living with HIV. Key populations are disproportionately affected: 11 per cent of men who have sex with men and 17 per cent of transgender people are HIV-positive. These groups experience numerous challenges. Without effective solutions, HIV rates are expected to rise in Vietnam. …

John’s story

My name is John Mathenge, and I live in Kenya. I identify as gay. About fifteen years ago, I was diagnosed with HIV. I’ve been working as a sex worker in Kenya for many years. I would regularly meet other male sex workers informally in bars where we discussed our …

Irena’s story

My name is Irena Ermolaeva. I’m the director of Asteria, an organisation by and for women who use drugs in Kyrgyzstan. In my country, people who inject drugs are often living with HIV. It saddens me that HIV continues to spread in Kyrgyzstan. And I’m particularly concerned about the high …

Tung’s story

My name is Doan Thanh Tung, and I’m 27 years old. I’m the Director of Lighthouse, an organisation by and for LGBT people in Vietnam. We offer welcoming HIV services for men who have sex with men and others at risk of HIV. I’m a gay man myself. As a …