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Kennedy Mupeli

Center for Youth of Hope - 2017 Fellow

Kennedy got involved in grassroots AIDS advocacy after going public about his HIV-positive status in 1998. He has been openly living with HIV for the past 18 years and has devoted his efforts to training and mentoring youth living with HIV. Kennedy is not a scientist but has a strong passion in biomedical research related to HIV. He is a full-time program volunteer for Centre for Youth of Hope in Gaborone. He is a treatment literacy trainer, educated by organizations such as the AIDS Rights Alliance of Southern Africa, Treatment Action Group in the US and Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa. From 2008–2009 Kennedy was a Regional Advisory Committee member for Southern Africa Treatment Access Movement and sat on its Community Review Panel. He is a founding member of the Botswana Treatment Literacy Coalition.

Why I want to advocate for HIV prevention in 2017:

No more time for rhetoric! Trials have shown that rates of HIV are reduced when people not living with HIV take PrEP. PrEP has definitely ushered in an innovative and effective intervention into the HIV prevention toolbox. That’s the reason I seek and advocate for a robust integration of PrEP intervention into existing mainstream HIV-prevention strategies for most-at-risk populations in Botswana. My advocacy project will target programs serving key populations such as sex workers, the LGBTI community, youth, HIV testing organizations, women’s organizations and people living with HIV.

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