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First Kenyan to go public about his HIV status dies after living with the virus for 30 years

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Dr Joe Muriuki, the first Kenyan man to confess that he was HIV positive is dead.

This has been confirmed by Nephak, an organisation that supports people living with HIV.

It is worth noting that the deceased lived with the disease for more than 30 years.
Dr Muriuki went public in 1987 and confirmed that he had tested positive.

After he confirmed that he was HIV positive, many Kenyans came out to confession as well saying Muriuki’s move had encouraged them.

He was amongst the people living with HIV in the country who totally refused to use drugs for over 27 years.

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According to him, a balanced diet, regular exercise and being cheerful was key to the survival of the infected.

The doctor embraced Kemron which is a drug that was invented by Kenyan scientists.
Kemron drug was later rendered useless after it was introduced to the public in 1991.

The deceased was a member of the regional task team that came up with an Act on how people living with HIV should be treated.

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His 2017 attempt to secure a seat in the East African Legislative Assembly in a bid to represent people living with HIV in Kenya flopped.
Kemron drug was later rendered useless after it was introduced to the public in 1991.

The deceased was a member of the regional task team that came up with an Act on how people living with HIV should be treated.

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