Institution: African Young Positives Network (AY+)
Country of work: Uganda
What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?
Getting updates on HIV cure research has always been my chief ambition. I am an HIV prevention research advocate and many people have been asking me many questions related to HIV cure during my community engagement dialogues and campaigns, including radio, television talk shows, and social media. This cure advocacy training will enable me to access cure information that I have always longed for in a bid to enhance my community advocacy work. It will also help me to figure out a way of how best I can communicate cure messages without exciting communities.
What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?
I am a social justice and HIV prevention and treatment global advocate. I am involved in community education and sensitization on HIV prevention, care, treatment and support. I use music, dance and drama in schools and community outreach to address the needs of people living with HIV including the need for a cure. I use social and mass media to share my experience in advocacy and working with communities on HIV related issues. I volunteer with different networks that address the needs of people living with HIV both locally and internationally. I also use filming to educate and disseminate new HIV research findings and engage with different stakeholders to ensure sustainability of my intentions.
How do you think knowledge learned from the Advocacy-for-Cure Academy will influence your current work?
Knowledge learnt from the Advocacy-for-Cure Academy will enable me to find the best means of working with different stakeholders in addressing the needs of people living with HIV including the cure. It will enhance my knowledge and skills while conducting my advocacy activities in schools and communities as well as other forums. It will give me more ideas on how best I can improve the advocacy messages that I provide through music, dance and drama. It will also enable me to share my experience with fellow advocates in order to increase the advocacy movement both locally and internationally. It will provide an opportunity for me to participate in the different forums for HIV cure in order to understand and follow up on what updates are available in cure research.