Kimutai Kemboi

Kimutai Kemboi

"I am Kimutai Kemboi, turning 26 on 9th of April 2017. Currently I am pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer science at Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. 

"I’m HIV positive and under medication but doing well health wise since I have accepted to live positively, adhere to medication and practice a healthy lifestyle so that HIV does not overwhelm me. Besides my studies, I work as a volunteer to create HIV awareness and sensitivity in the community, both face to face and through social media platforms, especially Facebook.

"I opted to do this awareness-raising because I want to have an HIV-free society and save my generation from perishing."

Dying in silence!!

published: October, 18, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "John (not his real name) is a barber in one of the estates in Nairobi. He hails from a family where stigma is bred! He is among the many people for whom disclosure is a hell because stigma is their immediate sorounding."

Dying in silence!!

"I tested positive seven years ago and up to date no member from my immediate family knows about and I am not ready to disclose to them soon. I just vowed to live with my condition in silence than taking the risk of looking for worst by revealing my status. I saw what my aunt went through before she passed on and I can't imagine of going through the same hell." This is what John, a barber in an estate within Nairobi, told me as he shaved me. We came to be friends after I went to his shop to g

Sweet money, bitter source

published: October, 12, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Features and Interviews, Kimutai Kemboi, International , Media, Opinion Pieces

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi interviews "Janet", a sex worker based in River Road, Nairobi.

Sweet money, bitter source

"Mr. Kimboi or whoever you call yourself, I demand some respect. I have human dignity as you do and deserve to be treated with decency. I do what I do because I am passionate of, this is my source of livelihood as well as my profession. And by the way you need to apologize if you are still interested in getting what you came for!" Janet fumed! I had no option but to be submissive and apologize though I also had to correct her: I am not Kimboi but Kemboi. She felt offended when I innocently re

Revenge amounts to a suicide attempt.

published: September, 27, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi speaks against those who would use their HIV as a weapon of revenge.

Revenge amounts to a suicide attempt.

As much as you think of going on a 'revenge mission', bear in your mind that your target might be also undertaking a similar mission. Be careful not to commit suicide! Some people become so bitter when they turn out to be HIV positive, they feel that they should not die alone. Such thoughts are so evil and should be highly condemned. In fact, tough laws should be formulated to prosecute these people with ill minds. I get surprised when I hear someone say, “HIV is not meant for trees but peo

Faith and herbs versus anitretroviral treatment

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi: " Let no one deceive you that you are healed and should stop taking medication, because of claims of divine interventions."

Faith and herbs versus anitretroviral treatment

The information below is adapted from an African context, Kenya being a part. As days go by, they turn to weeks, months, years, decades and then centuries; but at the rate we're going, the century will be a nightmare simply because this era is filled with deceit. People are easily confused and  filled with doubt. Many people living with HIV are falling to such deceits. Their condition makes them very desperate, to such an extent that they are moved easily by what people say and easily believ

Kenya at the forefront in tackling HIV

published: September, 13, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, HIV activist and stigma fighter Kimutai Kemboi on the initiatives the Kenyan government has taken together with other stakeholders in the struggle against HIV.

Kenya at the forefront in tackling HIV

Kenya, as a developing country, is among the African countries on the forefront in tackling HIV as well as investing personnel and resources. The government and the stake holders have done a lot though more needs to be done. The Kenyan government has given a favourable environment to stakeholders who wish to partake in this battle. Many organizations have set up facilities that offer HIV related services to people from the marginalised classes of life such as rural and slum populations. The s

No one should be stigmatized whatsoever! Embrace respect and consider rehabilitation for decent living!

published: September, 04, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, Women, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi shares the story of one of his Facebook friends who is a reformed sex worker.

No one should be stigmatized whatsoever! Embrace respect and consider rehabilitation for decent living!

This evening I was privileged to have a conversation with one of my Facebook friends who is a reformed sex worker. We discussed several issues at length and when I asked her if I could share her sentiments. She agreed but requested anonymity, to which I agreed. She said she has been one of my followers but had not found courage to interact with me or share her experience with me. That only lasted till this evening when she got the courage to share with me about her life. This is how the conve

When you see them, run!!!

published: August, 18, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, General Health, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, Sexual Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi writes about the "sponsor" phenomenon and how it feeds into the spread of HIV there..

When you see them, run!!!

'Daniel' as she used to call me, 'you are so young and unfit to be working at such a tender age. You seem to have a potential of doing something better and in this connection, what is that good thing that a person can do for that will change your life forever? ' I had one unchangeable dream and that was to go back to school. That is something I always wished for but no one asked. Her question drew a lot of thoughts in my mind but in the long run, I settled on one decision; that was to open u

Kenya as far as Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U) is concerned

published: July, 26, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi on the achievements and the challenges Kenya faces going forward in the fight against HIV.

Kenya as far as Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U) is concerned

As a developing country, Kenya still faces a number of challenges in almost all sectors, including the health sector. This poses a great threat when it comes to addressing health related issues. Such challenges include shortage of funds, inadequate specialized equipment among other things. Despite these difficulties, the Government of Kenya has put in place policies favoring activities that boost provision of health care services. These include a National Health Insurance Fund run by the gove

Restoring life again

published: July, 07, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Mental Health, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "My appeal to people out there, who are stuck in a pool of denial and confusion, is to make a positive decision to start medication."

Restoring life again

"Is it true I am HIV positive?" I asked the lady in the white lab coat. "As per the test, it shows you are HIV positive." She replied.  I left the place immediately immediately. I had no interest in further discussion or counselling. I had drawn my own conclusions and I would decide my next course of action without influence from anybody. This was my life, though it wasn't life anymore, and I had a mandate to do what best suited me in my new condition. Suicide! Suicide! Suicide! Suicide!

Then and now... the transition!

published: June, 26, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Youth, Kimutai Kemboi, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi: "I am where I am today being whom I am because of opening up, speaking about myself to the people around me."

Then and now... the transition!

I used to hear that situations are not permanent but had not believed it until it happened to me. It has been a long journey but today I confidently say, 'those days'. It was not easy as such but it took a strong heart, believing in myself and keeping a focus on the dreams I had since my childhood! These have been the pillars of my achievement. Sometimes I look at myself and smile, not because I am funny but at how I managed to overcome the situations I was in. Today I am living a free life t

Shame: what is it?

published: June, 09, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Mental Health, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

From Nairobi, Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "HIV can feed in my tissues but not my soul. It may (rarely) weaken my immunity but not my thinking."

Shame: what is it?

At times I try to figure out what shame is, to draw comparisons and relations between acts associated with shame, but what I find does not substantiate what people say and believe. Many people have a negative view about HIV positive people where they take HIV to be a shameful condition. I strongly condemn this perception and I wish people could view it from my point of view. I see HIV as a mere infection that can be managed only with a positive mind set. Whenever I see myself or any other HI

HIV stigma? Speak out, shut them up!

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, General Health, Mental Health, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi: "Shame is another virus on its own."

HIV stigma? Speak out, shut them up!

The best way to win a battle is to avoid what is being fought for. It sounds like a simple statement but has an immense impact. This is what has made me the person I am today: strong, courageous and optimistic. Many people have asked me why I always post HIV related issues and disclose my status publicly, I do it for a purpose. I know it is a very sensitive issue but the reason behind it is more significant than its sensitivity and that is why I talk about it like anything else, without fear.

My opinion: why there is high HIV prevalence among youth in my country, Kenya

published: May, 08, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Current Affairs, Kimutai Kemboi

We asked Kimutai Kemboi to compile what he sees as the main reasons why so many youth in Kenya are contracting the virus. Here's what he had to say.

My opinion: why there is high HIV prevalence among youth in my country, Kenya

Peer pressure As young people grow, they interact with people from different backgrounds. In that process they develop some friendly ties which in one way or another tend to bring some changes in their behavior. Some sorts of people they will be interacting with might have developed some peculiar behaviors and kids are likely to adopt them. Such behaviors would include engaging in irresponsible sexual activity, which puts them at high risk of contracting HIV and other sexual infections. Ig

How I managed to overcome stigmatization.

published: April, 17, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Kimutai Kemboi, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi: "The fight against stigma is dynamic.It starts with one's soul, then people close to you and then the entire society."

How I managed to overcome stigmatization.

Stigma refers to a negative, an ill and undermining attitude that a person has towards another. This does not occur naturally neither does it occur at a particular time, it is gradual and develops slowly by slowly. The good thing about is, it is not a permanent thing in that a person can opt out of it. When I tested HIV-positive a year and couple of months ago, this was the situation I was going through. Thank God, I found a way out of it! I came to realize that in any situation, however chal

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