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Danish musician to create awareness and combat stigma around HIV


Born with HIV, no one expected Danish musician Thomas Butterschøn to live very long. But since 1981, the advancement in medical treatment has significantly improved the outlook for HIV-infected people. Now, people like Thomas Butterschøn can live healthy lives without ever developing AIDS or transferring the virus to others. Despite this fact, misconceptions and stigma still surrounds people living with the disease.

To combat myths and raise awareness about HIV and Aids, the Danish representations in China and UNAIDS, will launch a HIV/Aids Awareness Week running from 26 November to 1 December 2019. Danish musician, TV host and activist Thomas Buttenschøn will share his unique story through a series of concerts, talks and film screening.

The Danish musician will kick off his trip to China by visiting Shanghai, where he will perform at Yuyingtang Livehouse and participate in a panel discussion at Nordic Centre of Fudan University.

In Beijing, Butterschøn will give talks, engage in dialogue with a Chinese audience and share his story that has been depicted by movie director Tyler Q Rosen in the documentary ‘Doin’ My Drugs’ and in the autobiography by Butterschøn ‘In the Beginning was Death’. The director will be present for the movie screening.

To celebrate World AIDS Day on 1 December 2019, Thomas Buttenschøn will also team up with Danish popstar Asbjørn to put focus on HIV and Aids.

Background of Thomas Buttenschøn

Born in Zambia in 1985 to a Zambian mother and Danish father, Buttenschøn and his parents were diagnosed HIV positive when he was an infant. The family moved to Denmark for treatment, but both parents died by the time Thomas was nine.

After becoming deathly ill himself at 13, Thomas began antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and regained his health. Since then, he has thrown himself into music, become a popstar, married and fathered two healthy sons. Being under treatment his whole life, he has not transmitted the virus to either his wife or his two kids.

Determined to raise awareness about HIV through the power of music, he also found Muchimba Music Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating positive change within society with songs.

21.11.2019  08:07