Monday, November 22, 2010

Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate: Zoe Duby

via IRMA
“There is a need to provide people with choices about how to prevent the transmission of HIV. From what we know, condom use for anal sex, particularly between men and women, is very low. Rectal microbicides may provide a safe, feasible and user-friendly answer to preventing HIV transmission through anal sex." -Zoe Duby
Zoe Duby hails from Cape Town, South Africa, and is a social science and public health researcher specializing in the social context of HIV, high risk sex and most-at-risk-populations (MARPs). Duby has found IRMA to be a great resource for her Master's and PhD research, which focuses on heterosexual anal sex and HIV.

Through work with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Duby organizes and facilitates the MSM Sensitivity Training for Health Care Workers in Africa. With the Foundation, she has successfully trained over 160 health care workers in South Africa, and distributed 500 MSM Sensitivity Manuals. A second edition of the manual is currently being developed, and 400 more health care workers will be trained over the next year.
Duby is also an active advocate for bringing anal sex and anal health (heterosexual, bisexual and homosexual) onto the HIV Prevention and Treatment agenda. Much of her work aims to highlight anal sex (especially between men and women) as a neglected vector for HIV transmission.

When she's not spurring social change, Duby is outside surfing, climbing, running, hiking and cycling.

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