U=U and the Face of Activism in Turkey

Minas from Istanbul speaks about the U=U demonstration at the International AIDS Society Conference in Paris 2017: “For me two most important parts were first, being poz is not easy in Turkey and the EECA region. Secondly ‘one day, I can be a father without fear of putting my girlfriend at risk.’ I don’t want to be a father but people needed to know that I CAN BE! Before Paris I’d been on the stage about 500 times but being on the stage at Paris and talking about something like U=U felt like changing the world.”

“U=U is revolutionary. I am pretty sure that, even after 20 years, people who were there will remember that moment. When we left the stage together I saw some people crying. Some people stopped and gave me huge hugs with lots of emotional words…”

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