Stopping stigma in you will stop stigma against you!

Published 22, Feb, 2018
Author // Kimutai Kemboi,

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi writes on the importance of self-acceptance.

Stopping stigma in you will stop stigma against you!

I have experienced a great change in my life since I accepted my status and decided to move on. Unlike my past, when I used to live without peace and my heart full of guilt and pain.

Things drastically changed when I acknowledged that I was HIV-positive and decided to lead a positive life. Now I can smile, make fun and interact with people freely, without fear of victimization nor stigmatisation because the guilt is no longer part of me.

I used to fear issues to do with stigma but I came to understand that stigma starts from within oneself. Whenever one has a perception that he or she is neglected in society, that spirit builds up from that moment!

And whenever we get rid of that feeling of neglect, courage and confidence build right away and we feel safe. Accepting our status builds up courage and courage builds up confidence and the confidence builds up peace and this turns up to build a peaceful co-existence.

Take an initiative to stop stigma in you and people will stop stigma against you!!!!!

#standwithme

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."