Social media is my tool for fighting HIV/Aids stigma

Source:  Mediamax


Local organisations have struggled for years to fight stigma against people living with HIV/Aids.  Daniel Kimutai Kemboi, 26, is on a personal mission to do so by sharing his story on social media of how he contracted the disease.

 Tell us a little bit about yourself

I was born and raised in the little village of Sirikwa, Kuresoi North Constituency in Nakuru county. Coming from a poor family, I could not complete my high school education because of a huge fee balance. So, I was forced to drop out of school to search for casual jobs to fund my education. It is during this desperate time that my life changed forever.

What happened?

Desperate to find a job, I easily gave into anything that would promise me a bright future. In my endeavours, I met a certain watchman who introduced me to her boss. I poured my heart to her about how I badly needed a job, so that I could  go back to school. She offered me a job as a gardener. What surprised me most about working for her is that she was too kind towards me and she quickly promoted me to be the caretaker of her home. She moved me from the servants quarter to one of the rooms in the main house. Having control over almost everything in the home made us become closer. One night, she asked if she could sleep with me and in that moment of weakness, I gave in. We did not use any protection and that is how I contracted HIV/Aids.

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