SEPT 2 – 4
Various Locations in Downtown Vancouver

Taiwan AIDS Society & Taiwan AIDS Nurses Association

Love The Voice

Taiwan AIDS Society
Taiwan AIDS Nurses Association

Love my Voice


Here We See More Than A Segment But All Of You

35 years ago, in 1987, a group of people took action and protested the US government’s ignoring of HIV, just because of the government’s stigma and discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community, with The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.

They put the life stories of those who passed away from AIDS on the hand-made quilt to show the world that “human life matters”.

Nowadays, with the development of medicine, people living with HIV take just one pill a day, preventing the disease from turning into AIDS, and have no symptoms. Actually, 80% of people live with HIV already, they are U=U (undetectable = untransmittable). Despite this, once people admit they are living with HIV, often the public, and sometimes even their very own selves, still hold onto stigma and refuse to build connections and treat them(selves) equally.

This situation not only describes people living with HIV, but also so many other marginalized identities that have been limited by stereotypes including gender, race, finance, sexuality, family, religion, value, job, health and more.

Therefore, we collected more than 356 self-portraits from Taiwan no matter who they are and what their story is. We want to shout out to the public that you can not identify who is living with HIV or who has what kind of background, only judging by their appearance. We are all human, there are no differences – living with ups and downs and our own issues. Most importantly, we live and share our own stories.

Understanding, inclusion, and equity are all we need to create a better life quality together.

Taiwan AIDS Society

Taiwan AIDS Nurses Association

The Taiwan AIDS Society is a group composed of doctors, nurses, experts, and scholars in the field of AIDS/HIV, aiming to improve professional research and human rights. The Taiwan AIDS Nurses Association is composed of nurses and case managers of HIV/AIDS patients, dedicated to improving the service of AIDS care and paying attention to the living issues of people living with HIV. With a shared philosophy, the two organizations have collaborated to launch the “Love the VOICE” brand concept, advocating for human rights and health education issues while also empowering people living with HIV.

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