Stephen McGill, with an extensive background in public health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and human rights advocacy, first came into contact with rectal microbicide advocacy when he joined the highly-active IRMA listserv through the help of ACT UP Philadelphia and Health GAP. As an active member on the listserv, Stephen is able to engage with experts, researchers, and activists on the potential of rectal microbicide research in combating HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, notably his native Liberia.
Stephen is founder of Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL), one of three organizations that received small Global Lube Access Mobilisation (GLAM) grants to advocate for improved access to safe, condom- compatible lubricant So far, Stephen and SAIL have organized stakeholders meetings to promote condom compatible lubricants with other local organizations in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Gambia, and Cote d’Ivoire. In Liberia, Stephen has met with many organizations and media outlets including the Ministry of Gender and Development and the Ministry of Justice.
Stephen would also like to tell IRMA’s followers to keep up the great work promoting diversity in advocacy, policy, and research. We are all looking forward to hearing more about Stephen and SAIL’s advocacy efforts to improve lube access.
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