Arda Karapınar is an activist, politician and founder of NGO Red Ribbon Istanbul, Turkey's leading HIV civil society organisation, which was established in 2016. It offers evidence-based treatment and aims to raise awareness on HIV and provide information to people living with HIV in İstanbul.
Between 2010 and 2015, Arda acted as Secretary General for the Positive Living Association during which time he completed the NGO Management and Advocacy programme at Bilgi University. In 2014, he designed a project with some of Turkey’s leading writers, to create the book Bana Bi'Şey Olmaz [Nothing Will Happen to Me: HIV Positive Stories] – a collection of stories about people living with HIV in Turkey. Later, in 2015, he became a deputy candidate for Turkey's only Liberal political party, Liberal Democratic Party, before being elected to Vice President in 2017. In 2017, as guest-honour speaker, Arda gave the opening speech for the 10th anniversary of Antwerp (Belgium) Pride. He also took a leading role in writing Turkey’s first joint declaration for World AIDS Day on 1 December 2017.
Arda Karapınar is a public voice for Turkey’s people living with HIV community having spoken in the media and at various high level national and international meetings, such as IAS2017, EACS2017 and AIDS2018. In 2019, he gave a speech at the European Parliament about Turkey's HIV story. Arda is also a member of various international level organisations, including: European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), International AIDS Society (IAS), and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group.