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Who we are


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Who we are


WHO ARE WE

WHO

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WE

AIDS Concern was established in 1990 as the first non-government charity organisation committed to the service of AIDS care in Hong Kong. The founders were a group of volunteers from different backgrounds dedicated to improving the living standards for people living with HIV/AIDS; and to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

We strongly believe that the key to effectively stop the spread of HIV/AIDS is establishing close communication with communities most vulnerable to transmission and exposure.

According to our experience, one of the biggest challenges to our mission is the social stigma and discrimination that people living with HIV/AIDS face, which directly affects their quality of life. Hence, we invest our resources into providing public health education and awareness programmes to create a more supportive society by eliminating misunderstandings about HIV/AIDS.

We can give a helping hand to people most in need if we have an open society which supports early testing and treatment.

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Vision and Mission


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Vision and Mission


AIDS Concern is the longest established HIV/AIDS NGO in Hong Kong. we work to prevent HIV and to support people living with HIV/AIDS.

Vision
Our vision is to see Hong Kong with ZERO new HIV infections, ZERO stigma for people living with HIV and ZERO AIDS deaths. TRIPLE ZERO.

Mission
AIDS Concern will lead social change by individuals, organisations and society to achieve TRIPLE ZERO, to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and eliminate stigma for people living with HIV.
In the future our aim is to see the annual HIV new infection rate in Hong Kong falling from the 2015 rate. Our ambition is also to see a fall in the public stigma index for HIV.

The four main things we will do to achieve our mission are:
1. Deliver HIV education and prevention targeting people at highest risk
2. Provide support for people living with HIV in Hong Kong
3. Build partnerships and capacity for an effective HIV response
4. Create public advocacy on HIV

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MISSION

 

Strategic Direction


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Strategic Direction


STRATEGIC

DIRECTIONS

AIDS Concern will lead social change by individuals, organisations and society to meet our strategic priorities, to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and eliminate stigma for people living with HIV.


Our Major Work Directions:

1. Deliver HIV education and prevention targeting the people at highest risk
The highest risk groups for transmission of HIV which we will focus our services on are:
• People living with HIV (those who know they are HIV positive and those who do not know)
• Men who have sex with men
• Heterosexual men with multiple sex partners
• Youth at risk for HIV infection
We will approach the groups at risk for HIV infection through outreach, workshops, and peer-counselling to provide them with free HIV/AIDS education and testing services. We will also promote the importance of safer sex among the at risk communities and strengthen their knowledge regarding sexual health in order to reduce their risk of HIV infection.

3. Build partnerships and capacity for an effective HIV response
We will work to build the capacity of other people and organisations to deliver HIV education, testing and support through collaborations and partnerships. We will also work with individuals and organisations to respond to HIV/AIDS issues and to pay close attention to sexual health issues in Hong Kong.

2. Provide support for people living with HIV in Hong Kong
We will provide information and support to people living with HIV, including counselling, home visits and “Ride Concern” transportation services. We will also equip people newly diagnosed with HIV and their families with practical HIV/AIDS knowledge.
Meanwhile, we dedicate ourselves to promoting public education to reduce stigma and discrimination in order to create a more supportive social environment for people living with HIV.

4. Create public advocacy on HIV
We will work closely with the government, local and international organisations to advocate on HIV/AIDS-related issues and policies. We will encourage the public, media and the government to respond with action. We aim to create a supportive environment that reduces the risk of HIV infection and the stigma for people affected by HIV.

Four areas we will particularly focus on are:
• Safeguarding the rights of people living with HIV
• Safeguarding the legal rights of the sexual minorities
• Promoting comprehensive sexuality education for young people
• Promoting male sexual health

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Milestones


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Milestones


MILESTONES

 

 2014

Launched the new “2014-19 Strategic Direction” to reach the goal of “TRIPLE ZERO”

Established HIV antibody mobile testing services

Introduced mobile phone apps for men who have sex with men and heterosexual men

2012

One target community for AIDS Concern’s work changes from sex workers to their clients

2008

Established a service centre in Mong Kok offering Voluntary Counselling and Testing service. The centre relocated to Yau Ma Tei in 2010

2006

Launched a sexually transmitted infections testing service for men who have sex with men, sex workers and their clients

Established our first HIV prevention programme & education centre in Shenzhen targeting workers and clients of the entertainment industry.

2004

Opened our second outreach HIV antibody testing service centre in the sex industry district in Mong Kok



2002

Began an outreach programme targeting vulnerable youth
Promoted the collection of urine samples to replace saliva samples in our HIV antibody testing service

2000

Facilitated the establishment of Hong Kong’s first formalised self-support group for people living with HIV/AIDS


1998

Began Hong Kong’s first peer education programme for people living with HIV/AIDS.



1996

Provided free services “Ride Concern Transport” and “Soup Delivery Service” for people living with HIV/AIDS.

1991

Support services offered to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Organised AIDS educational seminars in schools.

2015

25th Anniversary of AIDS Concern

Opening of Jordan Health Service Centre

Published 'Something Positive', a collection of stories of people living with HIV

2013

Collaborated with the Chinese University of Hong Kong on the first-ever “HIV Stigma Watch” research study in Hong Kong

2011

Began to provide HIV antibody rapid testing and sexually transmitted infections testing to young people

Dr. Chen Zhu, Minister of Health, met with AIDS Concern. Our former Chief Executive Loretta Wong shared her experience of successful collaboration between NGOs and the Government.

2007

Launched our internet outreach programme targeting men who have sex with men

Launched the first anti-stigma and anti-discrimination campaign targeting the general public.

2005

Began collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong to provide cross-border truck drivers with voluntary counselling and testing services

Started offering rapid HIV anti-body test, and applied it to gay saunas. The service then expanded to 10 gay sauna venues across Hong Kong

2003

Began an intervention evaluation project with the Chinese University of Hong Kong to assess the impact of an internet-based prevention service targeting men who have sex with men

2001

Launched Hong Kong’s first outreach HIV-antibody testing service in gay saunas
Launched two testing facilities in Central and Yau Ma Tei.

1999

Launched our outreach prevention programme targeting cross-border travellers.

Initiated a taskforce on men who have sex with men.

Managed Hong Kong’s first Community Planning Process to determine prevention priorities.

1997

Expanded our outreach prevention programme to the local sex industry.

1995

Started the first outreach programme of AIDS prevention for the gay community.
Launched our first AIDS awareness campaign for Cross-Border Travelers.

1990

AIDS Concern was founded and launched Hong Kong’s first AIDS Helpline Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recognition


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Recognition


RECOGNITION

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Supporters


SUPPORTERS

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Supporters


SUPPORTERS

SUPPORTERS

Patrons

The Honourable Mrs. LAM CHENG Yuet-ngor, Carrie, GBM, GBS, JP
Dr. the Honourable HO Hung-sun, Stanley, GBM, GBS
Dr. Christine Loh, OBE, JP
Mrs. Anne Marden, BBS, MBE, JP
Ms. Michelle Yeoh
Dr. Andrew S. Yuen

AIDS Concern Ambassadors

Mr. Brian Leung
Mr. Anthony Wong
Ms. Gigi Chao
Ms. Sean Eav
Ms. Kay Tse
Mr. Edmond Yapp

Board of Directors (9/2016 - 8/2017)

Chairperson Dr. Richard Welford
Vice Chairperson  Dr. Suen Yiu Tung
Honorary Treasurer Mr. Peter Sargant
Honorary Secretary Ms. Tracy Hansen

Mr. Chris MacDonald
Prof. Joseph Lau
Mr. Symond Lam
Dr. Joseph Tsang
Dr. Francois Fong
Ms. Irene Lam
Mr. Jerome Yau