Stigma Mentality

Published 17, Nov, 2017
Author // Kimutai Kemboi,

As "The boldest Kenyan who lives with HIV," Kimutai sometimes encounters stigma because of his high media profile.

Stigma Mentality

As per the article that was published yesterday on the Saturday Daily, I came to realise that stigma is at its peak. The kind of reaction I saw on all the platforms showed the kind of perception that our society has towards HIV and people living with HIV.

People have a stigma mentality such that they rush to make utterances or moves without a second thought. Such ill minds are laying ground for stigma to thrive and make our people go through a lot of suffering. We should avoid these at all cost.

We need to have a society where people interact and live freely irrespective of HIV status. Remember, you might not be infected but still be affected in a way.

Still on the same newspaper, I realised people commented as per the heading and not the content. I am sure, even now, that if they go through it line by line they will be compelled to withdraw their sentiments.

People need to be rational in their moves; don't do what might haunt you. No one gets infected by choice and neither does anyone wish to be infected. 

Be careful with your sentiments as you do not know what tomorrow has for you.

#stopstigma
#stopdiscrimination
#PLWHIVvoice

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."