Faith and herbs versus anitretroviral treatment

Published 14, Sep, 2017
Author // Kimutai Kemboi,

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 believe things before questioning their authenticity.

As people living with HIV, we are of two categories: survivors and victims. Survivors are not desperate, neither are they easily moved by every new 'discovery' or 'miracle'. They buy in to things on the basis of facts. Such people rely on scientific information as far as HIV is concerned; they take their medication as prescribed and wait for new discoveries.

"As much as you wait for miracles to happen because of the faith you believe you have, don't stop taking your medication."

The other category is that of victims,. Such people are quick to give in and are easily confused by rumors that go around. These kind of people run to all sorts of unverified information and they don't have the time or inclination to question how genuine any of it is.

Right now there are many traditional/herbal doctors who claim to cure terminal diseases, HIV included. Many people run to them with an a notion of getting cured. Let me make it clear that there is no cure for HIV, whether in traditional or modern medicine and if there were, the World Health Organization (WHO) must let us know since this is the only body mandated to make such a declaration.

The current medication is only to suppress HIV and not to cure it!

Another group of people are the religious society. Pease don't misunderstand me nor make it a controversy. I believe God does perform miracles but don’t sit and wait for God's hand to raise you up. But walk and he will hold your hand.

As much as you wait for miracles to happen because of the faith you believe you have, don't stop taking your medication. As a matter of fact HIV is not tested spiritually but in a hospital or a clinic,. Let no one deceive you that you are healed and should stop taking medication, because of claims of divine interventions.

Be careful with such imposters. Many have died across Africa this way.

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About the Author

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."