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HIV-Collective Responsibility.

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Is HIV an African problem?-it is universal.Even though,Africa has been highly affected.

Surprisingly,majority of Africans,and Kenyans,remain yet to be tested.It is scary to think that one may turn out to be positive.It surely is-but can be taken care of.When testing becomes mandatory,especially with weighing down symptoms already in place-management is still possible.More difficult to handle and patients then undergo lots of physical and psychological pain.Their loved ones are hurt emotionally and economically.

I know our Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centers still have a long way to go.In many cases the Counsellors are overwheled with the number of clients and so they are like-ggghhhrhrrrrrr! There are more good ones even though.

I have personally undergone terrible Counselling sessions-one of the reasons that prompted me to train as a Counsellor myself.I have gone through sessions that make you leave more weighed down than you came in.Especially when we did not know each other-Counselor and client on one-on-one.

You are made to feel guilty-and given "terms and conditions" from nowhere.

I did not mean to complain.I am just preparing all of us to be ready for anything,with the aim of getting the end result-positive or negative.From here we will have been "healed"one step.Is it not more traumatising not to know your status and having to ask youself and guess everyday with no definite answer? It is?

The bottom line is: We all need to get tested.After this we will have a healthier Kenya.When we begin our medications early,deaths and sicknesses will be kept in check.

I would love to urge all of us to exchange information.If there is a clinic that you love in your region and would love to encourage others to go there for testing when they ask.If there is a Counsellor ( like me and many others ) that you could recommend.If there is helpful info on prevention and treatment.

The challenge is: Have we tested yet? If the answer is no-the best option is to do it now,along with our loved ones.

Whatever the result,it will be a new journey.The steps will be more sure.Above all else,let us live in solidarity as we fight against HIV and AIDS.

With Kenyan love,
Leah.

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aimeeknight's picture

Thank you for sharing your

Thank you for sharing your insight. I like what you said about a person leaving counseling feeling more weighed down than when they began. You are right, people want direction, to be heard not judged. You have put much thought in to real solutions and are putting them to action. Kenya is blessed to have you as a voice.

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Auma's picture

Thank you,Aimee

It counts to weigh the best options.We need better but let's never shy away even when the way seems unclear...
Thanks for the comments.
Best-
Leah.

Amani K's picture

My DEAR sister Leah

I HONOR you for sharing. I am so PROUD of you for your COURAGE and COMPASSION!! YOU ARE A GIFT to humanity. Your work and WORDS are so important for all of us to hear, not only in Kenya but also around the world. I love it when you say whatever the results of testing, "it will be a new journey." On the one hand of KNOWING and taking the next necessary steps no matter the results. And once we KNOW, to take ACTION towards healing and peaceful BEING, no matter which side of the bridge we stand.

For me HIV/AIDS, terrible a situation as it is, is an OPPORTUNITY to rise above SELF, to RISE UP and FIND who we REALLY are and MEANT to BE in this life - those infected and those uninfected - because we are all AFFECTED by this disease. I CHOOSE to stand with you Leah, and many other BRAVE people out there who have CHOSEN to speak their TRUTH. You all have shone the Light to show the PATH we need to take.

It is a great honor knowing you and being on this journey together!!

Thank you for your "here I am" for women around the world!!

Love and Light,

Karambu

Dr. Karambu Ringera
Founder and President, International Peace Initiatives
Vice President, Global Ecovillages Network (GEN) Africa
Advisory Board Member, Women Human Rights Institute, University of Toronto
Member and Delegate, Soroptimist Internationa

Auma's picture

My dearest sister Karambu,

Thank you for choosing to stand with me,and for the work you do for Kenyans too! You have positively touched the lives of many that are affected by HIV and AIDS.
It is true that when we finally know who we are we can better work towards our course with renewed light and energy.
On a personal note: When do you come back to Kenya? I am so in touch with Meru and will soon be headed there.

Love and peace,
Leah.

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