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The Freedom of Knowing 102

Laying our perceptions bare, most of us go for a test probably after having sex without a condom or when a girl is pregnant (or thinking that they are!) Clearly, HIV and AIDS is an individual battle requiring individual efforts to win. One such crucial effort is testing for the virus.

I totally understand the there are many barriers to testing for HIV. The worst fear is the possibility of a positive HIV status and how to cope with it. Others fear discrimination, stigma and the likely unpredictable reaction from close family or community members. I admit that it is difficult to gather courage to test for HIV. But be rest assured that all these are nothing compared to the relief of knowing your HIV status, the benefits far outweigh the fear.

One of the feelings that torment the mind is to associate any sickness that befalls us to a possibility of HIV infection but neglecting to have a test. For instance, there are so many illnesses that occur without any connection to HIV. Change of weather, diet, atmosphere, food poisoning, improper food preparation or storage can all cause ill health without any linkage to HIV.

But if you do not know your HIV status, you are likely to be seized with fear of possible HIV infection of any the illnesses, particularly if accompanied by chronic diarrhea or respiratory infections generally thought to be symptoms of HIV infection. For many people, this is the primary cause of their fear for HIV testing.

It is good for us to look back and think - How we deny ourselves the opportunities to free our minds by clinging to wrong assumptions! Knowledge, is power, Knowledge is FREEDOM... shed the fear, and take the leap to freedom!

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Past Events


February 14, 2009

Egerton University JIJUE

I Choose Life - Africa Rift valley region is running their JIJUE week starting February 16 to 21 at Egerton University. There will be a special Valentines Moonlight Counseling and Testing drive on February 14. The JIJUE week will be spiced with exciting activities from the Egerton University culture week. Egerton JIJUE! For more info, Contact barasa@ichooselife.or.ke

February 20, 2009

Jars of Clay Concert
w/ DJ Mozz/Pete Odera and more! (Mavuno Dome Bellevue)

The 1 Million campaign will be officially launched at a colorful concert featuring Grammy Award winning Rock band - Jars of Clay. They will be accompanied by performances from Kenya's own great acts such as Eric Wainaina, Pete Odera, Kanjii, Atemi, DJ Mozz, M.O.G, A-Star, Jimmy Gait, Juliani, and others who believe in this noble cause.

Location:
Mavuno Dome Bellevue (6pm - 10pm)

Tickets:
Kshs 850/= in advance; 1000/= at the gate

February 22, 2009

Jars of Clay Concert
w/ DJ Mozz/Pete Odera and more! (KICC)

The 1 Million campaign will be officially launched at a colorful concert featuring Grammy Award winning Rock band - Jars of Clay. They will be accompanied by performances from Kenya's own great acts such as Eric Wainaina, Pete Odera, Kanjii, Atemi, DJ Mozz, M.O.G, A-Star, Jimmy Gait, Juliani, and others who believe in this noble cause.

Location:
KICC (2pm - 6pm)

Tickets:
Kshs 350/= in advance; 550/= at the gate

February 22, 2009

KU Testing Week
Kenyatta University

KU Testing Week - Kenyatta University will be holding their annual HIV testing drive. Jars of Clay will get a chance to interact with the peer educators from the university peer educators before the week starts.The peer educators are already running an essay competition, and have schedules exciting activities such as candle light walk, Mr & Miss status competition.

February 28, 2009

KU Mombasa Campus JIJUE


I Choose Life - Africa Coast region in partnership with Kenyatta University Students Association of Mombasa Campus will be organizing a drug and substance abuse awareness day themed around Mr. and Miss KU Mombasa Campus. ICL will be facilitating Counseling & testing drive and forge new partnerships with various stakeholders. For more info, Contact kombe@ichooselife.or.ke

March 2, 2009

Spring JIJUE VCT Drive
United States International University

United States International University peer educators are organizing a one of a kind testing week. Known for their ability to conduct things differently, the students run a stigma reduction campaign dubbed "I am HIV positive" last semester. We are watching out for an exceptionally exciting and creative JIJUE week from these folks.

March 14, 2009

Chrisc Bogard JIJUE 1 Million Tournament
Githogoro Grounds
9 am-6pm

 

March 16-21, 2009

Spring JIJUE Week
United States International University

 

 

 

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JIJUE Breaks New HIV Testing Frontiers at Ridgeways Baptist Church

Henry stood quietly as he listened to the cell group members planning for the coming Sunday service. Suddenly Sarah Vugigi said, "We need someone in the congregation to volunteer to be tested on the pulpit this coming Sunday". There was a long uncomfortable silence, then Henry said, "I will". The cell group members were both surprised and excited. Little did they know the battle that awaited him.

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4 in every 5 people who are infected don’t even know they are infected

Young people ages 10-24 make up one-third of the Kenyan population

The highest rate of HIV infection is among Kenyans between the ages of 15 to 34

Over 2.7% of AIDS cases occur in youth ages 15-24 years

Women are 4 times more likely to be infected with HIV than men

3 out of every 5 HIV-infected Kenyans are women

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