The Discrimination & Negative Connotations of AIDS and Gays in Kenya:Introduction


Kenya, a country within the African continent where the people,and government,are relatively conservative with their beliefs and religion which creates a prominent view of different individuals.  A large demographic of Kenya are known to hold a negative stigma towards those affiliated with the LGBT, they hold the belief that the spread of HIV is linked to homosexuals of Kenya. From moral standards and conservative like views, these assumptions of who to blame are asserted into the Kenyan society. We can’t be blinded by the implemented values that clutch onto the society of Kenya, It is the people’s job to be well aware of how aids is contracted, and the treatment of those who fight this infamous disease. Kenya can’t be the progressive country that the president wants it to be without addressing the discrimination and illness that centers around the HIV/AIDS crisis.

There have been several cases of domesticated abuse across Kenya on the LGBT community and those who had been affected by HIV, Being affiliated with the sexual identifications inclined within the LGBT community imprisons individuals for up to fourteen years. Being homosexual is considered a taboo, which is why  a bad impression is  built from the correlation of gays to the cause of HIV/AIDS.  Most people outside of Kenya aren’t aware of unsanitary conditions in hospitals which causes a liability of children being more inclined to be infected by the disease, which I see as another stigma or presumption asserted into peoples thoughts outside of Africa’s geography. In workplaces employers usually practice HIV testing  to employees, which causes them to be shunned from society whilst losing their confidentiality of their disease.

It is recognized that forced tests for HIV/AIDS had been conducted over several years in Kenya. These forced tests are conducted in work places at most

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From the NAMES project I was able to learn of individuals who had been taken away from HIV/AIDS, I saw it as an icebreaker towards obtuse connotations that are faced against  carriers of AIDS. The quilt offered a sense of resurrection to these individuals, they lived on through the panels for the world to see who they really were, not what the world had thought they would be.

My purpose is to understand what causes these assertions that are placed against the women, LGBT, and children of Kenya. I want to know what can fix these assertions that obstruct these people from living normal lives in their belittling society of HIV/AIDS victims.

Kenya is a country that has a law that allows gays to be punished up to a fourteen years, most of Kenya is known to treat the LGBT in degrading ways as if they were not human. Anti gay laws as a whole leads to the citizens themselves that align with that belief to carry out their own “justice” onto the gay community by harassing them,raping them, or even attempting to murder them.

Alongside these thoughts, my research is meant to show the importance of awareness placed around discrimination and stigma set in the world of Kenya, It’s more of an opportunity for myself to learn how to combat these things that are still a problem today. As a whole we must not shy away from the darkest corners of Kenya, corruption must be addressed through the people to educate those who are unaware.


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