Justin Anantawan is a Toronto-based HIV activist, social worker, teacher, musician, and photographer of Chinese and Thai Descent. Justin frequently travels to Kenya and Jamaica for outreach work in the LGBTQ community and PLHA community. Most recently, he visited Kenya, where he distributed condoms and lube to MSM on Grindr and provided counselling and group support for men living with HIV.
Justin says that because of his HIV status, he has been able to meet men who are accepting of him and with whom he has been able to forge deeper relationships and friendships.
Justin’s journey includes the critical support of local AIDS Service Organizations, including the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), where he received counselling for a few years, and Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS), where he completed his social work internship. At ACAS, the staff and volunteers taught Justin how to be an HIV activist and educator in the community, and gave him a place of family and belonging.
Justin hopes that the Canadian government will make a greater effort to educate society more about Undetectable=Untransmittable, make HIV drugs free and change laws to make people living with HIV/AIDS less vulnerable to criminalization.