The experts at the upcoming AIDS conference in Vienna want to know what you think about HIV and condom use. Let them know your opinions by answering four simple questions.
My name is Svenn Grant. I have been working on on HIV advocacy, education and prevention in Trinidad and Tobago for the last ten years. In particular, I am interested in preventing HIV among young people, and I think one of the best ways to do that is through condoms. I have four questions related to condoms and an upcoming conference on AIDS that I’d like to ask you.
Condoms are a good way to prevent both HIV and STI infection in general. They are one of the best tools we have in the struggle against HIV/AIDS.
Join the interactive conversation
This summer, from July 18 to July 23, a conference on HIV/AIDS will be hosted in Vienna. This conference will be attended by policy makers, people working in the field, and people living with HIV. Even though you can’t participate physically, you can participate and have your say online.
During the conference, there will be an interactive discussion hosted by UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA, and WHO entitled: “Right For You! Creating Game Changing Strategies for HIV and Young People.”
Leave comment, have your say
Please leave a comment below and reply to the four questions. We want to know what issues, comments and questions young people have about HIV. A panel of experts will be answering some of the best responses and comments. They include Dr. Doug Kirby, an HIV researcher and author of The International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education and Darlington Muyambwa, a youth activist and programme manager of an organization providing information on HIV to students in Zimbabwe.
It’s an exciting way to interact with the international HIV/AIDS community, so join the Conversation! Your comments will also be part of a survey on HIV prevention. Let us know what you think about these important questions related to condoms by commenting on this blog-post.
Has dedicated the last 11 years to working on sexual and reproductive rights, with a focus on condom promotion and access to comprehensive sexuality education. Currently serving as the Director of Outreach Services at the YMCA of TT, Svenn is responsible for projects related to HIV education, prevention and advocacy, and gender and non-violence programming targeting men and boys. In this role, he has developed a working partnership with UNFPA through which he facilitated an international peer educator training on gender and advocacy in St Lucia, presented a paper to Gender Bureaus in Grenada, and served as a panelist at the International AIDS Conference. Through his position at the YMCA, Svenn has also established a partnership with the University of the West Indies’ Centre for Gender and Development Studies, sitting on a Project Advisory Committee for the faculty’s Breaking the Silence research project on child abuse. Additionally, Svenn is a member of the UNIFEM facilitated Working Group on Masculinities, Gender Equality and Social Policy. Svenn also presents the radio show Reality Check on Power 102FM. Prior to this, he presented a season of the TV special New Voices on a local Trinidadian station. As part of the show, he played a fictional character called “Condom Man”, promoting condoms during the Carnival festivities on the islands. Previously, Svenn was an active member of Advocates for Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (AYSRHR) and the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YC).