Happy Pre-Valentine – A poem for you; End AIDS

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Vows…(part 1)

To love and to hold
It’s been five years.. Yes I counted

Because i never thought a span of so few years

could feel like an eternity

until you gave me a reason to look back

That’s how it works isn’t it…

The journey’s never too long

The field never too large

The distance never too tiring to walk

The ship too perfect to sink

Until that one leaf,

That one leak

That one small stupid mistake

that makes you look back at it

Then all the reasons come flooding in

Mid-journey your tank runs empty

Your back gives in as you tend to your feild

Your legs jelly

And the Titanic you built with so much confidence

Caves in to the pressure

Of the underestimated iceberg

And that’s why we’re lost at chilly sea

Drowning in this broth of misery

Flavoured with the blood from my wounds that add color

And the salt of your betrayal to my injuries.
What do I tell them?…

Congratulations, I’m with child

These hips you deemed unworthy

To bear your next generation

Have prooved you entirely wrong?

Or…. I’m sorry you mistook my character

For my aura was so shiny

It reflected the selfishness and cruelty of your oh so beloved son?

And to say the truth,

this rage boiling within me

Has reached its boiling point

This temperature my body,

my thoughts cannot handle

The demons in my head are going hammer

And my alter ego is probably sitting in your office chair writing your suicide note gloves in hand because we both know your penmanship isn’t that hard to forge

And this won’t be the first famous Murda she wrote

But then I’m kicked back into reality

Literally…. I can feel it… Her… Him…

My baby… Not ours but mine

For the heavens will give life through me

That you didn’t care for enough to tell me the truth

I remember when I was in a waiting room

Similar to this one

But still so entirely different

Waiting for the best news

As I sit here waiting for the worst

I was praying for a positive

I guess I’ve lived both sides of the coin

For I am now waiting and Feverently praying

And absent mindedly digging my nails into my palms

For this to be as negative as they come.
How could you do this to me?

To us…. To an unborn child

who’s only sin is being Adam’s …being Eve’s …being human

You are indeed the definition of inhuman

But I shouldn’t blame you entirely

This time for once

You’ll carry the 80%

in our unbalanced effort of a relationship

And I can torture myself with the 20% that could’ve made all the difference

I should’ve said yes

To all the clinic visits

To all the shots, tests and vitamin prescriptions

But noooo… My thoughts drip with sarcasm

reminding me of how naive I was

To think

“I don’t need all those tests”

“HIV?… noo ”

“doctor, I’ll pass I have no reason to doubt my status ”

Infidelity wasn’t a foreigner in my country… Nooo

It was a banned wanted criminal

That’s now barged into my life weapons Flaing

Shoot to kill

It’s disguise being a member of my own household

An enemy cut from my cloth
Madam S***@$….the doctor will see you now

Says the woman at the reception desk

blood rushes to my head…

I am lightheaded and nauseated of the filth it carries and how harmful it might be to this life inside of me and of the news I await

The news that will determine whether or not my alter ego gets her revenge

Lord save my baby  save this child

As I drag my feet through this door of judgment…

You should Pray that she, that he,… That my child is as pure as can be

And won’t inherit this curse you passed on to me

For I would rather it were an accident, blood transfusion, a cut while you saved the life of another

Instead of a spark of the moment, a fling, while you laid in the arms of another….

Then it wouldn’t be a curse…for good breeds better… We would’ve known earlier, taken precautions, worked through this together…

For better for worse,

For richer for poorer

In sickness and in health…

But ours wasn’t a church wedding,

And never had you said those words,

Never had you said those vows that I would hold against you with their sharp edges cutting into your unfaithful tongue… Revenge is sweet…. But ours wasn’t a real marriage, no vows, no union, no accountability….

Now this word marriage has a whole new meaning to me,

Mar-riage

Upside down… War… And all I see is rage for my perspective is blurred with it that I am blind to the I in the midst of it all…

I was a one night stand for five years,  wife being a title on a white board to be erased after serving its purpose in its time frame.


Heeey guys…. First major topic that I’ve posted… If you haven’t noticed by the end of this piece that it’s about HIV/AIDS awareness… Go back and read it again  :mrgreen:. It’s about the inner rants of a pregnant woman who just found out she’s positive in her last months of pregnancy because her partner was unfaithful. I wanted to write it in December for World Aids day but it just wasn’t flowing at the time… But hey!!… It’s finally here… Share…. Promote awareness against the spread of HIV/AIDS pandemic and go get tested and drag your partner along with you if they exist  ?…happy belated New Year and happy pre -valentines…. I’ll see if I can post anything before then…. Aaaaanyhu hope the journey was interesting… Tune in…. Or should I say type in… Maybe click in  ? coz it’s a link?…

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And stay happy and classy . By TRACY NJERI MWAURA …..- aidsnomore ambassador / communication lead

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Using books to Unite and Inspire – Rodney Mbugua an ambassador for change

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Young people enjoying Selfie – Photo by Lorna Abwonji

Rodney Mbugua is making a change – AIDS No More Ambassador

Yes it does sound a little crazy  but it’s exactly what I am doing.

My name is Rodney Mbugua, a student and #AIDSNoMore Ambassador, so what do I do ? I am a global change maker and re-shaping  our community and how young people think. I think you can say that in today’s culture and movies tend to glorify use of drugs and irresponsible sexual behaviour which in most cases leads to high rates of HIV infection.

I note now young  people who have recently discovered they are HIV+  tend to remain silent. I therefore through #speakout forum on aidsnomore.org wanted to create a buzz where fellow young people can come together through book clubs. This is because the book club offer a source of friendship, socialization, all of which are important when one is coming to terms with their new situation.

I  do this through a  platform where the youth and anybody else can re-discover the joys of reading books for leisure. Over this platform, they can get access to novels and other types of books without having to pay expensive prices. The platform will be a library of sorts but much more personalized. Through AIDS No More I am reaching out to all young people, I hope to create a buzz !|

Yes…we now can access the movies ! They are cheap . We all spend our times on the screens laptops , phones etc  But this is the time to come together . Through the creation of a movement whereby I can encourage the youth to start reading by providing them a way to get access to books easily. This will not only open up their minds more allow young people to engage positively and we are open to all.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

In order to achieve that, I began by collecting a vast variety of book and constantly reaching out to those of you who  have any books at home you no longer read or use, any book that has become obsolete to you…please kindly donate them to #book lovers unite!  It does not matter what state they are in…new, old, dog-eared…i will repair them.
That’s how I am engaging….You too can be part of the revolution. I share my story to the world and hope young people will come together to break the silence

It’s our time to #SPEAKOUT

Rodney Kariuki – student at Strathmore University, Author and AIDS No More Ambassador

The author can be reached through via address,  rodney@aidsnomore.org

 

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Critical needs of Africa’s young people – Agenda 2063

AIDS No More team had an opportunity to engage with Africa youth representatives from the 54 different African countries during the African Youth Development Summit.
The summit organised by JCI (Junior Chamber International, Inc.) in collaboration with Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD VI) aimed to connect young leaders from across the continent of Africa.

Analysing the current situation , policies and ambitious goals set out in Agenda 2063 and the critical needs Africa’s young people. Agenda 2063 is “both a Vision and an Action Plan. It highlights a strategic framework which calls for action to all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa.

However the future of Africa will only be realised by it’s young people. Young people who despite bearing the brunt of HIV/AIDS epidemic are now turning the tide by engaging and ensuring that their health needs are included in the existing agenda.

AIDS is now the leading cause of mortality and morbidity among adolescents in Africa with more than 2000 infections every day among those aged 15- 24 years of age it’s time we spoke out. Understanding the perception of young people and their health needs while analysing what gaps exist in Agenda 2063 was the first step to holding our leaders and governments accountable. Most importantly we came up with practical actions in which we as young people could take to reach the Africa we want.

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Three key areas which were of importance include;

Accessibility to treatment and Anti-retroviral medication for those in rural and urban areas is a need that is yet to be addressed.

Prevention interventions should be youth-friendly and not focussed in the large cities but also in the rural areas

Stigma will only be broken we in Africa including our leaders speak out on HIV/AIDS. Stop the silence and Speak out!

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Re- kindle the conversation

#Engage……#Youth speak out  #AIDSfreegen!

It has been stated that there is will never be a magic bullet to control the HIV epidemics; there are many ways of handling the disease. However, without community involvement prior to implementation of scientific strategy that has worked in the trial set up would be of much impact to the epidemic and in general towards developing of policies, as communities do form venues of negotiation points to come up with decision.

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Youth Ambassador Edna from Kenya and Marcelle  from Cameroon in one of workshops engaging with students at Huruma girls’ school in Nairobi Kenya. 

Ownership of the problem is now well understood however ownership of decisions made especially in the hard to reach communities is important. Communities are not only the main beneficiaries of health and development programs; in the case of HIV/AIDS, they are the front line in prevention, care, and support efforts. Finally it is important to note that there is no one size that fits all when discussing community interventions in Africa and within the countries therefore without community involvement and ownership of decisions the opportunity to effect positive change may be not be a reality.

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Empowering young girls and women

Mentoring and Career guidance talks

The involvement of all stakeholders including (young women) should been utilised to understand the local context. This is particularly in  Africa, where some success has been noted if young women are involved in decision making.

Girls and their families in studies done in Southern African countries particularly Malawi and South Africa were paid the equivalent of $24 per month if the girls attended school, but the youngsters in South Africa had very different expectations from those in much poorer Southern-African nation. It showed that along with high levels of poverty, unemployment and HIV prevalence there was a desire for those in South Africa for luxury goods, the girls named designer jeans, Italian shoes and blackberry smartphones as necessities.

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One of our Ambassadors Jeff Chege who volunteers with AIDS No More shared this selfie after successful career talk with young and brilliant ladies at Huruma Secondary School ..@jeffliverpool

Engaging young girls and women when in school should be a priority. AIDS No More in lending visibility through social forums is working with Young Ambassadors and Volunteers to ensure the girl child is not left behind.

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