Friedel works as an advocate for HIV prevention, care and support, human rights and specifically focusses his attention on access to biomedical prevention and treatment tools for LGBTIQ+ individuals living with HIV in Namibia and across the subregion. Diagnosed with HIV in 1999 when treatment options were still unavailable in Namibia, his advocacy started around stemming the scaremongering and negative rhetoric that encourages stigmatization and discrimination of PLHIV. Currently, Friedel is the Director of the national LGBTIQ+ organisations, Out-Right Namibia, which seeks to overturn unfair anti-LGBTIQ+ laws and to ensure that the prevention, care and support initiatives and research to ensure that marginalized communities are not left behind. Friedel coordinated the Diversity Alliance of Namibia which brings together civil society organisations which advocates for equal rights and non-discrimination of feminist women’s rights, sex worker rights and LGBTIQ+ rights. Friedel studied Psychology and German language at undergraduate level and currently has pursued further studies in health economics and currently in public and community health science.
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