NZAF is full of talented and passionate people who want to make a positive difference for their communities. I can think of no greater place to be.
Sexual health is my passion. Sex is a fantastic and integral part of human life but has a great amount of silence and stigma associated with it. This can make it difficult for people to openly discuss and find the latest and correct information on it. Having relevant and evidence-based information about sexual health accessible and available to all is the first step in making these discussions happen.
Staying ahead of the latest developments in HIV prevention and treatment is the focus of the research team here at NZAF. As the Scientific Officer my role is to collect, synthesise and distribute research in the fields of HIV and sexual health. Our team uses this to inform our programmes and to stay at the forefront of HIV prevention internationally. My particular areas of focus are HIV testing, Treatment as Prevention (TasP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
In 2011 I moved to New Zealand and was lucky enough to work for the AIDS Epidemiology Group at the University of Otago, which monitors HIV diagnoses across New Zealand. In 2013, I joined the Gay Men’s Sexual Health research group at the University of Auckland where I undertook research on HIV and STI risk behaviours among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.
I was born in the north of the UK and moved to London to take my BSc in Biology and then my MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases. I began studying for my PhD at the University of Auckland in 2015, which focusses on human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and knowledge among New Zealand men.