Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) Olympic bronze medalist flyweight boxer Huang Hsiao-wen (黃筱雯) has released a government-sponsored short video on World AIDS Day to raise awareness about HIV testing so that people can know if they have gotten the virus and quickly get treatment.
The one-minute-long video shows Huang boxing in a ring and getting knocked down, only to pull herself up and continue to compete after motivating herself.
"Maybe I can't change the environment around me or what others think of me, but I can change my fate. I believe by not surrendering and succumbing to fate and bravely living my life, I will be victorious," Huang said in the video.
The public service announcement video is aimed at promoting wider acceptance of HIV testing and to let people know that the tests are convenient and can be done privately and discreetly, Huang said at a press conference in Taipei Tuesday.
Many hospitals provide anonymous testing services, while Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also has self-test kits that can be ordered online and collected at convenience stores, said Huang, the CDC's promotional ambassador for this year's World AIDS Day.
Born in 1997, Huang secured Taiwan's first Olympic boxing medal in Tokyo this year and also won a bronze at the 2018 Asian Games and a gold at the 2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships.
CDC Deputy Director-General Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) said he expects about 1,250 HIV cases this year, an 11 percent drop compared to 1,389 recorded last year.
New cases have also steadily dropped in the last four years, with 2,508 in 2017, 1,983 in 2018, and 1,748 in 2019, Lo said.
Taiwan also hopes to hit the 95-95-95 target by 2025 announced by Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).
That means having 95 percent of people living with HIV knowing their HIV status, 95 percent of people who know their status on treatment, and 95 percent of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads.
According to Lo, Taiwan had already achieved a 90-93-95 line and expects to be at 90-94-95 by the end of 2021, and priority is being given to raising the first number through testing.
A total of 34,477 people currently live with HIV in Taiwan, while 7,550 have died, according to CDC data.
Observed annually on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of AIDS, which is caused by the spread of HIV infection, and remembering those who have died of the disease.