Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Jeremy Wing Kien - A Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate from Kuala Lumpur

Jeremy Wing Kien
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As the in-house program manager of the Pink Triangle (PT) Foundation, Jeremy has years of experience working as an advocate with Malyasia’s MSM community. His involvement on IRMA’s steering committee partially stems from his personal interest in discovering the benefits of rectal microbicides for the sexual health of gay men. At the same time, he was looking to network with other international HIV/AIDS organizations who work with at-risk groups.

With alarming increases in HIV infection among Malaysia’s vulnerable communities, Jeremy sees a need to introduce a new prevention approach. Easily accessible and affordable rectal microbicides will hopefully meet that need. Because microbicides are a prevention technique virtually unheard of in Malaysia, Jeremy has worked to educate the largely tech-savvy MSM and gay community about it via major Malaysian MSM and gay websites, including the community websites of the PT Foundation. He hopes to advocate for the need of microbicide research at the local level. Jeremy is also helping to present the workshop "Making Anal Sex Safer for MSM in the Developing World" with the IRMA team at the The Invisible Men pre-conference at AIDS 2008, sponsored by the Global Forum on MSM and HIV.

[Click here to check out the slides from that presentation. And click here for the blog post, including pics, about this workshop.]

Jeremy finds joy in sharing knowledge and research with others for the sake of HIV/AIDS prevention on the Asian and international HIV/AIDS front. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys reading self-help and inspirational books and listening to various genres of music. It is important to him to build relationships with members of both the gay and straight community while also volunteering his time with programs geared towards MSM and gay men, enriching his life as a gay Malaysian.

Click here to read more bios of Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocates.

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