Iván Zaro is a social worker, LGBT activist and writer. He is known for his experience in male prostitution as well as for the fight against HIV stigma. Graduated in Social Work by the Complutense University of Madrid, he began his professional career in 2003, coordinating the Project of Assistance to Male Prostitution at Fundación Triángulo.
In 2007, he led the first sociological study on male prostitution in Madrid and in 2009 he organized the first exhibition of art and culture against the HIV stigma, VIHvO!. In 2011, together with Teresa Navazo and Javier Vázquez, he founded Imagina MÁS, a non-profit organization devoted to diversity, equality and sexual health.
It was not until 2016 when he published his first essay, “La difícil vida fácil: Doce testimonios sobre prostitución masculina” (Difficult easy life: twelve testimonies of male prostitution) (Punto de Vista Editores) with foreword by Luis Antonio de Villena, which explored the different scenarios and characteristics of male prostitution in Spain through real testimonies of sex workers.
In 2019, he launches his second book, “La vida a través del espejo. Testimonios de resiliencia frente al VIH” (Life through the Looking Glass), prefaced by Rozalén, which addresses the history of HIV and the stigma, again supported by testimonies of resilient people with HIV.