Caring about AIDS
FORMER Lismore-based AIDS worker Glenn King is home on a brief break from his challenging work in South-East Asia.
Mr King, the South-East Asia region’s HIV co-ordinator for the Red Cross, is using the experience and knowledge he gained while working for many years on the Northern Rivers at the Lismore office of the AIDS Council of NSW.
He now provides technical support to develop effective ways of dealing with the ongoing HIV crisis.
His hands-on experience as an AIDS counsellor on the Northern Rivers enabled him to link into the challenging international work being done on this ongoing serious health issue.
After leaving Lismore in late 2002, Mr King was based in Bangkok doing voluntary work with people dealing with HIV epidemics affecting their communities, helping them with prevention information, education, care and support. The work was usually led by people living with HIV in often marginalised communities.
In particular he worked with the most at-risk groups – sex workers, men who have sex with men and injecting drug users.
After an 18-month stint working in the remote Xinjang province of China, which Mr King said was acknowledged as having the fourth-highest rates of HIV in China, he has now spent nearly three years working in his Red Cross position.
Mr King said that efforts to control HIV needed to continue as the prevalence of HIV in some Asian countries like Indonesia and Vietnam was increasing.