Monday, April 19, 2010

Meet Prince Goodluck, A Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate

Prince Goodluck Obi
Lagos, Nigeria

“Unprotected anal intercourse is 5 to 80 times more likely to result in HIV transmission compared to unprotected vaginal intercourse. To stop this ugly development, it becomes imperative that a safe, effective and acceptable rectal microbicide for women and men is developed”

Prince Goodluck Obi was born in  Ubulu ihejiofor, Nigeria who has inhabited all regions of Nigeria. Though stationed in Lagos, Nigeria Prince’s position as the National Executive President of United Nations of Youth Network Nigeria (UNOY) allows him to travel all over the country.

He had already gotten a start in the field of microbicide research through his work as a Human Rights Activist for sexual minorities, in addition to being a founding member of the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS). However, he became more heavily involved with IRMA after the 2006 Microbicide Conference in South Africa.

“I face a lot of challenges and opposition in trying to disseminate the information at home because MSM is criminalized in our constitution, but that does not stop me,” he says.

As a devoted member of IRMA, Prince Goodluck has raised awareness locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally through his various leadership positions. Through the use of public announcements, IRMA telephone conferences, participation in multiple AIDS conferences and three accepted abstracts on rectal microbicides, Prince Goodluck has shed light on how vital rectal microbicides are in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

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