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“We talked online for two months, then I came to Bangkok to meet him.
We met at a shopping mall, then went to a hotel nearby.” A year later, in 2011, Nest got his first smart phone and discovered mobile dating apps.
Although new HIV infections are falling overall, they are rising among teenagers.
In 2014, there were at least 220,000 adolescents aged 10-19 living with HIV in the region, with major cities like Bangkok and Hong Kong hubs of new infections.
But some of my friends just meet up for sex.” Nest (right) and friend Jesse look at gay dating apps on a smart phone, in Bangkok, Thailand.“In order to tackle this issue, governments need better data on adolescents, strategies for HIV prevention, and adolescent-specific laws and policies,” says Shirley Mark Prabhu, HIV Specialist for UNICEF East Asia and Pacific.“These should include sex education in schools, condom distribution, and HIV testing and treatment services designed for adolescents.” In Thailand, for example, UNICEF has worked with the Government to reduce the age of consent for HIV tests to under 18, so that adolescents can access testing services without adult consent, which otherwise might act as a deterrent.On World AIDS Day 2014, UNICEF worked with UNAIDS and Chinese gay dating app Blued to add a red ribbon next to every user’s profile picture.The ribbons linked to information about HIV and details of the user’s nearest voluntary testing centre.
In addition, research on young at-risk communities has helped better understand behaviours that put adolescents at risk of HIV and to advocate for adolescent-specific strategies for HIV prevention.