Mr Nathanael Wells

BA (Hons) – Anthropology
PhD student, Department of General Practice

Supervisors: Dr Riki Lane; Dr Debbi Long; Associate Professor  Jan Coles

Nathanael completed his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) specialising  in Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne in 2015.  He joined the Department of General practice  as a full-time PhD student in January 2017.

Nathanael’s PhD thesis examines the use of the antiretroviral  drug Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of HIV  infection.  Focussing on the current PrEPx trial in Victoria, his thesis will explore the relationships between trial  organisers and the LGBTQI+ community that have led to the initiation of the  this trial.  

Using qualitative research methods, his thesis will examine  the impact of the PrEPx trial on the LGBTQI+ community, as well as the  use of PrEP by men who have sex with men (MSM) more broadly.  Additionally, his thesis will investigate the  interactions between biomedical approaches to HIV prevention and existing  sexual health discourses.

Nathanael is currently supported by an RTS (formerly  APA).