Ugandan LGBT advocate wins HIV/AIDS global award


Susan Atuhura was honored for her study of the successes of community-based adherence clubs in reducing HIV levels and increasing the levels of self-care among for men who have sex with men (MSMs). Atahura is the monitoring and evaluation officer for the long-established Ugandan anti-AIDS and LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives. Her honor — the IAS/MSD (International AIDS Society and Merck Sharpe & Dohme) award — was for operational and implementation research in differentiated service delivery. It was awarded in recognition of an abstract she authored titled “Leaving no one behind: Assessing the impact of MSM community-based adherence clubs on retention and viral load suppression in Uganda”. She said that winning the award was like winning an Oscar or a Grammy or even Miss World.

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