Amahl Azwar knew all the risks. When he was was a younger man, Azwar was a fan of the Tom Hanks movie Philadelphia—a film about homosexuality and HIV. He also watched Kupu-Kupu Ungu, a local series that tried to raise HIV awareness back in the 90s. But Azwar still found himself having unprotected sex with men, and eventually contracted HIV. "When a slightly more attractive guy wanted me, and he didn't want to use a condom, I caved in," he wrote in an essay for Magdalene, a feminist Indonesian blog. "It happened [so] many times I lost count. So when my health began to deteriorate late last year—I lost weight easily but not in a healthy way—I already knew what happened to my body. What my stupidity just got me into."
August 16 / Vice News