What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?
My motivation to advance the course of the HIV cure field is inspired by the promise that a safe and effective HIV cure is our best hope of ending the pandemic forever. I will not let up until that cure is realized or until HIV falls. I would like to make a stride that matters, provide hope to people living with HIV, especially the marginalized and adolescent populations; voice issues on non-disclosure, adherence, stigma, discrimination & criminalizing laws and policies; negotiate for social spaces to discuss challenges & existing barriers; and be an advocate who appreciates that cure may be a combination of approaches to eradicate HIV.
What is the aim of your Project?
TUMAINI (Swahili for “hope”) Kenya intends to increase literacy, uptake and acceptance of HIV cure research among sex workers, healthcare providers, stakeholders and affected communities at large in in Kisumu, Kenya. The project commits to exploring and understanding the perspectives of sex workers and healthcare providers to gain a more holistic comprehension of the current barriers in place to the implementation of cure strategies. Ultimately, the project’s aim is to improve current knowledge, develop community-driven mechanisms to support the HIV cure field, and identify effective tools to advocate for an HIV cure.
- Kenya Medical Research Institute – CRS