The Power of Anonymity: HIV/AIDS in the Philippines and the Internet


The stigma and discrimination associated with sexual orientation and gender identity complicate the struggles of those at risk of getting HIV and people living with HIV/AIDS. The ability to shift from real world identities to online anonymity becomes empowering for these individuals, as they are able to pursue their fight against the disease. Through the emails sent to and published by Pozziepinoy in his blog, “Living with HIV in the Philippines,” we see how sexual orientations and gender identities are suppressed and ignored, allowing these individuals to face the conditions and confront other problems associated with this disease.