I discovered I was HIV+ in High School, 26-year old Kenyan LADY opens up about living with HIV (READ)

Monday, August 06, 2018 - A 26-year old Kenyan lady, who is a mother of two and HIV Positive, has taken to social media to narrate how she contracted the virus.

The lady by the name Phenny Awiti, disclosed that she discovered she was infected while in High School.

She narrates her journey as a HIV Positive mother and the stigma she has faced that forced her to make her status public as a way of creating awareness.

Read her touching post below.

My name is Phenny Awiti and this is my story, Am 26 years old. I am HIV Positive and currently doing activism on HIV/AIDS awareness, discrimination and stigma.
I came out as a person living with HIV May 2017, through my social media platform; facebook.

My reason for coming out is because I endured stigma and discrimination the moment I discovered my status.

I was 16 years old, at Asumbi Girls High School. In form two, an organization initiating blood drive donation visited our school in second term, and I gladly donated my blood, not knowing my HIV status.

In third term, another organization came, this time, giving soda and bread for those who would go for HIV status. With the High School survival strategies, I said, why not? It was an amazing opportunity to have free loaf and soda all to myself.

When I got into the counselling room, I was only asked two questions; have you ever been tested before? And I said no. Do you have a boyfriend? I said no.

It was form two, I was not sexually active yet at that time. So then I had no issue with getting tested, I never doubted myself for anything.

The counsellor then explained that when the lines read two, it indicated HIV positive, and when it read one, it was HIV Negative.

I was not tensed. I had nothing to worry about. After five minutes, the counselor prompted “you mentioned you did not have a boyfriend right?

Then here is your result. The kit was displayed right in front of me, it was double line, I was HIV Positive.

The counselor was not so good to me; she accused me of lying to her on me not having a boyfriend, while I was HIV Positive. To her, HIV was only transmitted through sexual intercourse, which either way, I was not involved in at that time. It broke my heart, I was worked up, my world was suddenly small.

I began thinking of…

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