Mohammed Barry is a 22-year-old Gambian, studying in Canada. He co-founded Aid for Smiles, an organisation which empowers socially disadvantaged young people in order to bolster their confidence and allow them to become important and productive members of society.
Mo has been living with HIV since the age of seven where he became infected through a blood transfusion. He has devoted his life to becoming an advocate for HIV-infected youths. So effective were his campaigns that in 2012 he was included on Youth Service America’s list of the 25 most powerful and influential young people in the world.
At AIDS 2012 in Washington DC, Mo Barry stood up in front of a packed auditorium and called US Senators to account.
In Australia as a member of the organising committee for the AIDS2014 Conference, Mohammed talks about his own journey with HIV and argues passionately for a renewed global response to this epidemic.
This interview first broadcast on Word for Word on JOY 94.9.