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Teresia Njoki Otieno

African Gender and Media Initiative (GEM) - 2014 Fellow

Teresia is an accomplished advocate for HIV-positive women with experience in counseling, testing and community engagement. She is living with HIV and in a discordant relationship. She has fought for the sexual and reproductive rights of women through involvement in the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) International Steering Committee, the Technical Working Group and the National Steering Committee on elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV (eMTCT) in Kenya, and in international forums. Most recently, she worked in partnership with the African Gender and Media Initiative (GEM) to document experiences of women living with HIV on forced and coerced sterilization.

Fellowship Focus: Teresia worked with discordant couples and sex workers to shape the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) agenda in Kenya by increasing their participation in HIV prevention forums and committees at the county and national levels. She worked closely with Fellow Everlyne Ombati to ensure that new HIV prevention options for women, including PrEP, are part of the conversation in discussing Kenya's future planning for prevention. She documented perceptions of PrEP in the target communities and advocated for the inclusion of PrEP in the Kenya National Strategic Plan. She also engaged in national and international discussions about planned research to better understand the possible connection between hormonal contraceptive use and HIV risk.

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