Check out this interesting mini-bio of  Robert Bucklew, the latest in IRMA’s “Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate” series on the IRMA website here.  Robert is one of five new bios posted October 30, 2012.

Robert Bucklew
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Robert is the Outreach Coordinator for the Case Western Reserve University AIDS Clinical Trial Unit. He works on a variety of HIV-related research issues, including treatment trials, microbicides, preventative vaccines and PrEP. Outside of work, Robert loves creating art.

Robert first got involved with IRMA through both Jim Pickett (IRMA chair) and his professional connection to the Microbicide Trials Network. He considers rectal microbicides to be of utmost importance in the field of biomedical HIV prevention, and think they will be especially effective if considered sex positive, and serve to enhance sexual pleasure as well as sexual health.

Currently, he is working to enroll gay and bisexual men and transgender women into a preventative HIV vaccine trial, HVTN 505. Additionally, he is working on a new PrEP trial, called HPTN 069. His efforts focus on populations at highest risk, where there is clear need for new prevention strategies.

Robert has been greatly influenced by the late Eric Rofes, whom he met at a Gay Men’s Health Summit. He was enlightened by Eric’s holistic, assets-based approach to gay male sexuality, both personally and professionally. Today, he considers himself a better man because of Eric’s outlook.

Thank you, Robert, for all that you do!


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