Just this past week, disturbing reports came in about the ongoing violence around the world, and the genocidal violence now taking place in the Central African Republic. As a guest of the State Department, I recently visited Cambodia and later traveled to Vietnam, and was reminded of the tragic history of genocide in the region.
About two years ago, I visited Hong Kong for the very first time and could not believe my eyes. Traveling from the dated, fraying JFK airport in NYC to the shining, efficient airport in Hong Kong, my world view was immediately changed: It was the U.S. that was a third-world country, and Asia was vivid.
Sadly, many governments in our region do little to invest in the communities most at risk of HIV. One wonders whether these governments would be happier to just see us dead; I say "us" because I am a gay man from the Philippines who has been living with HIV for over nine years, and our government, like many others, seems to be sitting on its hands while scores of us are dying.