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The Freedom of Knowing 101

The feeling of "invulnerability" in relation to HIV risk and the belief that "it can't happen to me" often comes to our mind when we think of ourselves in relation to HIV infection. Normal "risk-taking" is a youth behaviour and, at times the greater and immediate concern is issues such as pregnancy.

This year, I have come up with one grand resolution; to help 1 million of my peers to make a resolution to test for HIV before the end of 2010. The birth of the J1M campaign is from a deep passion of wanting to have the youth participate in issues that affect them, knowing that they represent the greatest force of hope to a world full of misery and starvation . Obviously, courage is necessary in testing for HIV. By now, a fair number Kenyans have been provided with information of the massive benefits of knowing their HIV status. Sadly, only a third of the kenyan population know their HIV status.

While conceptualizing JIJUE 1 Million campaign, I became more aware of things that prevent the youth from taking the HIV test. I discovered that the other youth, just like me, fear of our parents and this prevents us from taking the test. I know that several of our parents would consider us as sexually active if we mention that we went for a HIV test. Thus we opt to bury our heads in the sand and ....It is true that majority of us would not want to got for a HIV test because of perceived low risk. On the other hand, there is always the self-perception of not having had sex with an infected person .... which also leads to denial.

Whereas all these are valid fears, and its human to feel so, the fact is that knowledge of one’s HIV status is the gateway to treatment, care and support and generally, freedom of mind. HIV testing is a filtering process guiding the next steps ... to either treatment or prevention.

The unfortunate practice is that testing only becomes necessary when someone falls sick. From experience, testing done without the compelling reasons (such as ill health) is much more beneficial to both HIV positive and negative people.

What we need to do is work around changing these fears and misconceptions to and mainstream HIV testing in our lives, just the way we for for annual medical check up.

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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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