Check out this interesting mini-bio of Peter Michira, the latest IRMA’s “Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate” series on the IRMA website here.  Peter is one of six new bios just posted yesterday, including individuals from Thailand, India, the UK, the US and Argentina. Each will be featured on the blog, and you can read all of them here right now.

Peter Michira
Thika, Kenya

“Unprotected anal sex is one of the most efficent modes of HIV transmission, yet it is clouded by myths, stigma and silence.”

Peter is an IRMA Advocate and works as the field coordinator for the Partners PrEP study in Thika, which is one of the nine sites located in East Africa. Peter loves working with his community and sharing and learning knowledge from his interactions with people. He also enjoys reading about new interventions and learning more about the best community practices. Peter socializes with his friends and family, and loves watching football.

Peter first became involved with IRMA after attending the Project ARM – Africa for Rectal Microbicides strategy meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was one of 16 individuals who received scholarships to attend, earning his spot to attend through a very competitive process that included 145 applicants. Using the new Project Arm strategy document, “On The Map: Ensuring Africa’s Place in Rectal Microbicide Research and Advocacy,” Peter works to sensitize various community and health workers on the need to integrate safe anal-sex communication into HIV prevention activities. He also informs the community about the importance of an effective rectal microbicide, something that could prevent many infections among men, women, and transgender individuals.

Peter’s advice for IRMA is to keep the fire burning. Knowledge is power, and Peter insists on the continuous sharing of information.

Peter’s biggest influence has come from the community’s reaction and reception to new practical ideas. He has been inspired by the knowledge base and realization that communities are equal partners in HIV prevention.

Thank you Peter for all that you do!

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