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Shakirah Namwanje

Peer to Peer Uganda - 2019 Fellow

Shakirah is a 25 year-old student of guidance counseling at Kyambogo University. She is a survivor of child sexual abuse and a young woman living with HIV. She is an advocate for positive living and HIV prevention, and works tirelessly to see to it that “my HIV ends with me”. Shakirah leads peer education and counseling of young people mostly through experience sharing and music, dance and drama. She is also an activist for the end of sexual abuse in Uganda, especially against girls and young women and uses radio and talk shows to tell her story to inspire more girls to speak up about their challenges and seek help.

Why I Want to Advocate for HIV Prevention in 2019
Even with tremendous work that researchers and scientists are doing and how far we have come in regards to the epidemic, many young people continue to get HIV every day. This shows that we have to go back to the drawing board and come up with better products and plans to deliver all prevention options. Even as a young HIV-positive advocate, I can tell you that it never gets easier—so for me to give a young person out there any chance to a better life is important and is the source of my strength to advocate for HIV prevention.

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