Tested HIV-positive?

Published 29, Nov, 2017
Author // Kimutai Kemboi,

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi on how to live in good health with HIV.

Tested HIV-positive?

First of all, congratulations for taking an HIV test.

Being HIV-positive isn't a death sentence, neither does it determine when someone is going to die. It is a manageable condition that a person can have a normal life with. Many people have lived for decades with it and are still going strong.

What matters is:

1 - Acceptance. This is a key pillar to a healthy and positive living. You need to accept that it has happened and develop a positive mindset of living with it. Acceptance gives you peace and strength .

2 - Starting medication. Though HIV has no cure, there are pills to suppress the virus. This is a daily pill that controls viral reproduction/replication and thus reduces chances of your immunity being compromised. 

*NB: It has to be taken regularly and at the same time each day.

Editor's note: Also note that viral supression makes it impossible to transmit the virus sexually.

3 - Balanced diet. This helps boost your immunity as well as keeping you strong.

4 - Exercise. Ensure that you do some regular exercises to keep yourself physically fit.

These few key things are the best for now as we await the cure. I followed the same and here I am;strong,healthy and working on my dreams, it never deterred me from living a positive life.


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."