The Effects of HIV/AIDS on Kenyan Society: A First-Hand Look

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Fady Ebrahim


Global Health, Africa


HIV/AIDS is a major public health concern and cause of death in Africa. Kenya is among the many African Nations struggling with high adult prevalence rates and death rates attributed directly to HIV/AIDS. Last summer I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya and witness firsthand the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS in Kenyan society. I had the chance to meet with orphans, drifters, farmers and the elderly, each struggling with HIV/AIDS in their everyday lives. Teaming up with a local non-government organization, Kenya AIDS intervention Prevention Project Group (KAIPPG), I was able to observe ways in which Kenyan society is dealing with this epidemic. In this paper, I look at the destructive effects of HIV/AIDS on Kenyan society, while sharing my observations of the hardships HIV/AIDS infected people in Kenya endure.