Davi was 17 years old when he was sexually abused by his high school teacher, who threatened to tell people that Davi was gay if he complained. When he decided he couldn’t live with it any longer, Davi left his home and family and moved to Jakarta where he began selling sex. At 19, Davi met an HIV outreach worker who encouraged him to get tested for HIV.
When he found out his status, positive, it was a new beginning. He was determined that no other young person should go through the same experience. He became a member of YouthLEAD, and now coordinates a Young Key Populations network based in Asia, funded by the Robert Carr Network Fund (RCNF). With RCNF’s support, Davi has trained local health centres and outreach workers to better meet young people’s needs and now leads research about the impact of lack of HIV testing for under 18s in Indonesia.