Everyone seems to agree that these issues aren’t discussed and there is a distinct lack of awareness.
So, how to raise awareness, specifically in Taiwan? Quite a few gay guys I know have discussed various fund-raising and awareness events (each time World AIDS day comes around, and there’s bugger all in Taiwan), but always conclude that in a culture such as Taiwan’s, any gay-themed event (be it a club night, drag show, whatever) will REINFORCE stereotypes about HIV/AIDs rather than break them down.
I’ve also heard from many people it’s even difficult to get Western HIV awareness theatre and tour groups to come here, as all their material is almost two decades ahead of general levels of awareness - Taiwan needs the sort of campaign material that was going on in the west in the late-80s - today’s stuff just wouldn’t work.
The head-in-the-sand approach of Taiwan’s government to sex education has to be one of the most frustrating things about being here - when everyone else can see it coming, WHAT is their problem? :fume: