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Joe Muriuki: First Kenyan to go Public About His HIV Status Dies

Dr Joe Muriuki, the first Kenyan to go public about his HIV status has died.  

Confirming his demise, the National Empowerment Network of People living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya (NEPHAK) said the deceased took his final blow after living with the virus for over 30 years.  

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In 1987, Muriuki announced to the world that he was HIV positive, becoming the first Kenyan to do so. 

Speaking in an interview with a local publication, he stated that the doctor who had diagnosed him with the disease had informed him that he only had about three months to live. 

“I was a normal young man with a normal lifestyle. I had a promising career as an accountant at Nairobi City Council. I had been losing weight and having other standard symptoms associated with HIV but I assumed it was malaria

“The doctor ran various tests including one for HIV. On getting the results, the doctor stood and started pacing to the window,” Muriuki said in an interview with Standard.  

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The doctor then turned to him and dropped the bombshell that would define Muriuki’s life henceforth.

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