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Mandisa Dukashe

Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute

Mandisa Dukashe is a married woman openly living with HIV, in discordant marriage. She is a founder of the HIV Survivors and Partners Network, an NGO/PBO based in South Africa. Mandisa is currently finishing her Master’s in Public Health and received her nursing degree at the University of Forthare in 2004. She joined the non-governmental sector in 2005 specialising in clinical management of HIV. Today, Mandisa serves on a number of HIV/AIDS steering committees for advocacy and civil society groups throughout South Africa. Mandisa is a dedicated community advocate, public speaker, writer and an HIV/AIDS treatment activist.

Why I Want to Work on HIV Prevention Advocacy in 2020

I want to use this fellowship opportunity to advocate for assisted partner notification, treatment, and index testing as essential components of HIV/AIDS prevention in South Africa. My personal experience living with HIV offers me a unique perspective as a prevention advocate and allows me to contextualize the role of treatment in the broader HIV prevention landscape.

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