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Yvette Raphael

Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa (JHHESA) - 2014 Fellow

Yvette is a human rights activist with a focus on people living with HIV (PLWHIV), young women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities. She got involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy after she was diagnosed with HIV in 2000. Since then she has worked in HIV/AIDS education in the safety and security sector and founded two empowerment and support organizations for PLWHIV. Most recently, she was the Marketing & PLWHIV Activity Coordinator working with award winning programs like Brothers for Life, Scrutinize, Four Play, Intersexions and ZAZI.

Fellowship Focus
Yvette worked to empower young women (15-24 years old) to demand HIV prevention interventions designed for them. She worked with the ZAZI training program to incorporate information about new prevention technologies and mentored young prevention advocates. She also worked with the media to overcome “HIV fatigue” and promote accurate messages about prevention.

Poster - Gearing up for FACTS 001 and exploring PrEP and TasP literacy with young girls in Mpumalanga
Article - Why Africa Needs PrEP: A two-in-one pill to prevent HIV infection

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