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).