Category Archives: Nigeria

  1. PrEP Provides New Hope for HIV Prevention in Nigeria

    via Leadership, by Winifred Ogbebo *Mentions IRMA advocate Morenike Ukpong!* Like a breath of fresh air, the news that a combination prevention drug would soon hit the Nigerian market is definitely something to cheer about, given Nigeria’s high prevalence of HIV rate, which is said to be second only to South Africa in the African continent. WINIFRED Read More >>

    Africa, HIV/AIDS. pre-exposure prophylaxis, Nigeria, pre-exposure prophylaxis, PrEP, South Africa, sub-saharan Africa, Truvada
  2. Rosie the Riveter Can No Longer Represent the Face of Microbicide Research: Lessons from M2012

    by IRMA member Morenike Ukpong Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military. Rosie the Riveter is commonly used Read More >>

    Africa, anal sex, hiv prevention, Microbicides, Nigeria, prevention, rectal microbicide, vaginal microbicide, women
  3. Meet our Newest Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate: Abimbola Onigbango Williams!

    “Rectal microbicides are an important priority that need to be fully explored to provide males and females who engage in anal sex a way to protect themselves from HIV and perhaps other sexually related infections.” Abimbola is an IRMA advocate from Lagos, Nigeria. There she is a public health researcher and advocate. She has a Master’s Degree Read More >>

    gender, IRMA, Johns Hopkins, Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate, Nigeria, Project ARM, rectal microbicide
  4. Meet Olumide Makanjuola: Our Newest Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate!

    “Rectal microbicides are a very important new prevention technology. They bring attention to anal intercourse and provide protection for those who practice it, regardless of their sexual identities.” Olumide is an IRMA advocate from Lagos, Nigeria. He works at TIERs (The Initiative for Equal Rights) for the rights of LGBT people and sexual health rights. He loves Read More >>

    Africa, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, ICASA, IRMA Nigeria, Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate, Nigeria, Project ARM, rectal microbicide
  5. Anal Intercourse in Nigeria

    via Nigerian Tribune, by Muda Oyeniran Not less than 12 percent of public secondary school students in Nigeria practise anal sex while 12.1 per cent of university students and 15.2 per cent adolescents in northern Nigeria engage in the act. Morenike Ukpong, the coordinator of the New Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society, a Lagos-based non-governmental organisation, who Read More >>

    anal intercourse, anal sex, Anti-Homosexuality Bill, IRMA Nigeria, IRMA-Lagos, Nigeria, rectal microbicide, sex work
  6. Obama and Clinton Pledge to Protect Gay Rights Throughout the World

    via The New York Times, by Stephen Lee Myers The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy, including the potent enticement of foreign aid, to promote gay rights around the world. In a memorandum issued by President Obama in Washington and in a speech by Secretary of Read More >>

    Gay, human rights, LGBT rights, Nigeria, Obama, United States
  7. Nigeria Stifling Gay Rights

    via IRIN Africa Rights groups in Nigeria fear a same-sex marriage bill being discussed in parliament could boost already prevalent discrimination against homosexuals. The bill goes much further than banning same-sex marriage; it threatens to ban the formation of groups supporting homosexuality, with imprisonment for anyone who “witnesses, abet[s] or aids” same-gender relationships, and could lead to Read More >>

    Africa, criminalization, gay men, homosexuality, IRMA Nigeria, MSM, Nigeria
  8. Announcing the 2012 Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy

    Five years ago on October 5 2006, we lost our brother and colleague Omololu Falobi. Those who knew Omololu professionally will remember him, among many other things – as a talented journalist on HIV, as an activist for social justice, as an advocate for prevention research and as a son of Africa in his zeal to ensure Read More >>

    advocacy, Africa, AVAC, community, Global Campaign for Microbicides, IRMA Nigeria, Nigeria, research
  9. Persecuted for Being Gay

    via The Guardian, stories compiled by Gay Middle East Bisi Alimi, from Nigeria (an IRMA member!) In 2002, I was at university in Nigeria and standing for election. A magazine wrote about me and exposed me as being gay. This led the university to set up a disciplinary committee. I was very nearly dismissed. When I did Read More >>

    Africa, Gay, HIV/AIDS, homophobia, homosexuality, IRMA, Middle East, Nigeria
  10. Why the CIA’s Vaccine Ruse Is A Setback for Global Health

    Via TIME, by Emily Rauhala. Last week, the Guardian broke the news that in the run-up to the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, the CIA used a vaccination campaign as a ruse to get DNA evidence from the al-Qaeda leader’s kids. With help from a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, they set up clinics in two neighborhoods, Read More >>

    CIA, DNA, Hepatitis B, MSF, Nigeria, Pakistan, polio, public health, vaccine