Eradicating HIV transmissions
I’m researching the psychosocial influences that affect people’s thinking around PrEP. A lot of queer people experience barriers that stop them from taking the drug because of how our community has been treated. There remains a lot of mistrust in sexual health services, and fears of side-effects. My research unpacks these psychological fears and educates people to make safer, informed choices.
I want to improve the lives of at-risk individuals in the community I’m proud to be a part of. Now, my research is enabling me to do exactly that. I’m raising awareness of the benefits of PrEP and aim to guide government policy for its roll out across the UK.
Many countries want to eradicate new HIV transmissions by 2030. Hopefully, through research like mine, we can reach this goal and put an end to the devastation of HIV/AIDS for good. It’s amazing to think the work I do is playing a small part in tackling such a widespread, global issue.
My experience at NTU
NTU is a fabulous place to complete a PhD. I am based in a big department - it’s hard not to be blown away by the number of experts around me. My path into research wasn’t a traditional one, so I hope my story can diversify common routes into research and inspire others. If you’re curious and have a thirst for knowledge, becoming a researcher is a great way to quench it.
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