The HIV/AIDS pandemic continues to challenge mankind. Different kinds of people have come up with claims that they can either cure or prevent it.
One of such claims is the subject matter of the entry that won Nena Ike a DAME in this 14th edition of the award.
The story, HIV Human Trial Research; Much ado about Tenofovir, examines the increasing controversy over the intended human trial of Tenofovir, an anti retroviral drug set to be administered on people living with the virus.
In the story, issues that may arise from the trial which involves a total of 1200 female volunteers from Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon occupied her mind.
Born November 7, 1974, Nena Ike is a product of Eva Adelaja Girls School, Lagos, and the University of Ilorin, where she bagged a Bachelor?s Degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1996. She was a mathematics teacher at Aladumo Educational Centre in Port Harcourt from 1998 to 2002 before joining New Age as the paper?s Health/HIV/AIDS editor.
She positioned this desk as a reference point for HIV/AIDS advocacy groups. Her efforts did not go unnoticed, as she won the Red Ribbon Award for Best Reporting on Science of HIV/AIDS back to back in 2003 and 2004. She is now the Programme Officer with the Nigeria HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Group (NHVMAG), an NGO that is deeply involved in HIV/AIDS related issues.