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Gift Trapence

Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) - 2010 Fellow

Gift is a Programs Manager for Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), a Malawian NGO working on sexual health and human rights of minority groups. He is an HIV/AIDS and human rights activist especially on issues of sexual minorities. He holds a B.A. in Development Studies. Gift has worked extensively on men who have sex with men (MSM) sexual health and HIV prevention projects since 2005. He contributed to the pioneering of the first HIV sero-prevalence study among the MSM community in Malawi. He was one of the principal investigators of the study, HIV Prevalence, Risks for HIV Infection, and Human Rights among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Malawi, Namibia, and Botswana which was published in PLoS ONE, an online journal.

Fellowship Focus: For the fellowship program, Giftt explored knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and willingness of African men who have sex with men (MSM) towards circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy. He also explored the participation or the willingness of African MSM in ongoing circumcision studies. The information gathered from these discussions helped Gift to develop communication materials that provided adequate information to African MSM on medical male circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy, and helped to guide engagements with researchers and policy makers on implementing such studies for the benefit of African MSM, and HIV prevention research broadly.

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