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Advocating From Experience In Africa

By Alex Garner
Editor-at-Large, Positive Frontiers

Editor’s note: There have been a number of exciting and disturbing developments around the globe for LGBT people and people living with HIV. To get a clearer picture of what people are experiencing in other parts of the world it’s important to get a first-hand account. Today’s guest columnist provides a compelling account of life outside the U.S.  Advocate Michael Ighodaro discusses HIV care for gay men in Nigeria, life after he was outed by the Washington Post, and how MSM living with HIV are organizing across Africa. This was originally publised in the MSM Global Forum Blog. We appreciate that they've allowed us to share this. 

My name is Micheal Ighodaro. I am an openly gay man living with HIV. I am 26 years old, born and brought up in Edo state, Nigeria. I have been doing HIV/AIDS Advocacy work for 7 years now. Coming from a country like mine and living openly as a gay man with HIV/AIDS can be one of the most difficult life circumstances; my life from day one has always been a misery for my parents.

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