Catching Up: Reflections from Kenya to NYC

ELCA Young Adult Cohort AIDS2014

Attending the International AIDS conference takes me back many years to the days of my youth. I was trained to become a peer educator on HIV/AIDS and Behavior Change in my Church. However, challenges and complexities of HIV/AIDS demanded a more comprehensive approach to poverty related issues. This epidemic has touched every family in Kenya. The church had no choice but to respond.

Those days, fear and stigma were so high no one dared to come out. We trained other youth and slowly came up with a team in each congregation that was dedicated to raising awareness about voluntary counseling, testing and prevention.

We have come far. Today, churches are at the center of the HIV/AIDS response. While HIV continues to affect families and communities, there are now many congregants who have come up openly about their status and are examples of people living positively with HIV in Kenya.

We…

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