Javier Lopez first learned about rectal microbicides when his partner worked for Project Gel in Puerto Rico. Javier was immediately impressed by the creativity of this approach to HIV prevention as promotion of condoms alone is often difficult in all populations.
Soon after, he attended a talk on rectal microbicides by IRMA’s Jim Pickett at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York City. Then he was hooked and snatched up a few “Rectal Pride” stickers that now fabulously adorn his Ipad cover.
Javier has long been an advocate for HIV testing and for years has been involved in the HIV prevention fight in Puerto Rico. During his undergraduate studies he took part in numerous educational sessions for HIV/STI prevention in gay men. Currently, Javier is working as an assistant research scientist at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies that seeks to improve intervention screening practices for acute HIV infection in primary care setting in New York City. Soon Javier will be taking his education further as he enters the Masters of Public Health program at Hunter College in New York City.
Javier is also proud to have been a part of the recently launched HIV testing campaign for the CDC called “Reasons/Razones” which targets Latino gay and bisexual men to consider their reasons for getting tested. More information about this exciting campaign is available here.
Javier is excited to be a rectal microbicide advocate because he believes that it is important for this research to continue and that youth of all backgrounds should get involved.
Thank you Javier!
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