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David Ita

New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS) - 2019 Fellow

David is a community HIV prevention advocate, trained by NHVMAS, with 7 years of experience working with vulnerable communities in Nigeria. He started as a peer educator and rose up the ranks to become the programme officer for Action for Community Development. David worked with orphans and vulnerable children in the Evbuotubu community in Edo State to ensure there was access to adequate information about safer sex practices. He also worked with women living with HIV to help prevent vertical HIV transmission in the Okhukugbo community. David was a monitoring and evaluation officer for Journalists Against AIDS in 2018. His work with NHVMAS reiterated his passion for promoting adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights in Nigeria.

Why I Want to Advocate for HIV Prevention in 2019, and What I Plan to Do
Due to the prevalence of HIV among adolescents in Nigeria, it is imperative for them to be adequately informed about comprehensive sexual education and have access to HIV and sexual reproductive health services. Currently, there isn’t enough focus on HIV prevention in Nigeria. I aim to integrate HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education in Lagos State, advocate for policy lowering the age of consent for access to services while building a coalition of informed youth to sustain HIV prevention mobilization.

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