About the Love Foundation
The Love Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Bangkok and Chiang Mai that campaigns for LGBT equality in Thailand and sexual health awareness. Through partnerships with community-led clinics and established health organizations in Thailand, our mission is to use the power of online social networks to provide education and counseling on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We support the LGBT community by providing opportunities for leadership and work for aspiring LGBT people in our projects and organization.
Our current work:
Enduring stigma against HIV/STIs act as social barriers to effective prevention and treatment. In addition to the Bangkok metropolitan area, we reach out to key populations in the north, south, and eastern regions of Thailand by highlighting varying regional attitudes towards HIV prevention and treatment. Here are highlights of our on-going projects:
Buddy+: An online community for men living with HIV in Thailand to find social community, job opportunities, and mental health counseling.
HIV Map: A country-wide search tool that lists the nearest HIV/STI clinics for individuals located anywhere in Thailand.
Bangkok Appointment Aggregator for HIV/STI Clinics: Allows individuals to directly make appointments online to clinics in Bangkok
Health Ambassadorship Program: A partnership program for LGBT influencers who wish to help advocate against HIV stigma.
The Speak OUT Campaign: In partnership with HIV specialists and LGBT celebrities, the Love Foundation produces educational media targeting MSM youths 15-21 in Thailand to advocate against HIV stigma and for knowledge on HIV treatment and prevention.
Telemedicine Platform for Community-Based Clinics: As part of the COVID-19 emergency response, the Love Foundation has created a telemedicine platform for health clinics across the country to assist in the provision of HIV care including treatment, prescription and counseling services.
Our mission is the radical reduction of new HIV infections in Thailand because we refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. Through education, advocacy and direct services for prevention and care, we are tackling HIV in communities most vulnerable.
We envision a Thailand free of HIV discrimination--a country with equal status and rights for all LGBTQI people.
We believe in educating the community about HIV/STIs, and how they are transmitted. Such education brings awareness regarding prevention and treatment options, lowering the barrier to testing.
When key populations are empowered, they will be able to demand equal treatment. It will mobilize the LGBTQI family to fight stigma, discrimination and exclusion.
Love is the most powerful force to break stigma. It inspires support among people and the broader community. Society must realize that love comes in different forms, and in different identities.