Mercy is a courageous social activist who has used her own personal painful experience of stigma and discrimination to drive her commitment and pursuit of equality of young people living with HIV.
Mercy is the current Chair of the Children’s HIV Association’s Youth Committee and uses this role to drive campaigns on behalf of young people living with HIV.
She is praised for representing CHIVA and the wider community of young people living with HIV with professionalism, realism, humour, passion and intelligence.
Mercy also uses the CHIVA Twitter account and her own activist account to correct online misinformation about HIV and challenge negativity and ignorance. She took the campaign to a new level during the media storm around the ‘outing’ of US Actor Charlie Sheen’s HIV status in November 2015. Mercy spent hours trawling through all the tweets denouncing Charlie Sheen as ‘dirty’, countering the prejudice and hate with correct information.
In July 2016, Mercy spoke to HRH Prince Harry at the International HIV Conference in Durban South Africa about how HIV is portrayed in society and the media, and how together they could combat the stigma.