The first openly HIV-positive Kenyan, Joe Muriuki, is dead.
Nephak, a group that helps patients with HIV and AIDS, announced his death.
Muriuki became the first Kenyan to publicly admit that he was HIV positive in 1987, making him the first Kenyan to do so.
Dr Joe Muriuki had been infected with the HIV virus for more than three decades.
For over 27 of those years, he was resistant to antiretroviral therapy, and he was able to maintain a consistent CD4 count of over 400 by eating a nutritious diet, being active, and maintaining a cheerful attitude.
The deceased was one of the first people to take Kemron, an HIV treatment developed by Kenyan scientists©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.