‘I Am HIV Positive And Happy.’ – Binyavanga Wainaina

‘I Am HIV Positive And Happy.’ – Binyavanga Wainaina

Yesterday, December 1, was World AIDS Day, and so, all around the world, there was a great focus on the conversation surrounding HIV/AIDS.

Part of that conversation was stirred on twitter when Kenyan author, Binyavanga Wainaina, tweeted his HIV status. ‘I am HIV Positive and happy,’ he tweeted, prompting a storm of cheers and encouragement from fans on twitter.

Here are some of the responses: IMG_20161201_225513IMG_20161201_225527IMG_20161201_225543

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  1. Mandy
    December 02, 07:29 Reply

    First Bisi, then Kenny, now Binyavanga. I don’t mean this in a derogatory way o, but the narrative of the African gay man has become synonymous with HIV. Is it possible one who’s HIV negative will come out? *fingers crossed*

    • Colossus
      December 02, 07:41 Reply

      Well, if you’re HIV negative, what are you coming out for?
      “Hi, I’m Mandy and I’m HIV negative” seems a tad insensitive.

      • Mandy
        December 02, 07:51 Reply

        @Colossus, No. “Hi, I’m Mandy and I’m gay.”
        And ten years later and counting, there’ll be no follow-up of “Oh hi again, lest I forget, I’m also HIV positive.” 🙂

    • ambivalentone
      December 02, 07:44 Reply

      Because in the end, they av nothing to lose. I imagine the gay and negative guy, fueled by societal pressures, still thinks there is redemption from the gay spirit.
      BTW, I see what u think he did there

      • Mandy
        December 02, 07:54 Reply

        Biko what do you see, ambi? I did not see that he did anything o. See my armpit o!

  2. Jaja
    December 02, 08:01 Reply

    Mandy, that’s shallow. Shallow single story. Three gay men and we’ve become synonymous with HIV in Africa? Haba. You’re just narrowing the complexities of being gay in Africa, and for what? Here are other out gay men you have to know about: Professor KwAme Appiah, Diriye Osman, and is Jude Dibia positive? Well, HIV has always been defined as mainly a gay thing globally, so your applying it here isn’t surprising.

    • Delle
      December 02, 11:23 Reply

      You do not get where Mandy meant. He is just pin-pointing how the fact that the three most popular gay African men only certifies the shallow belief upheld by our resident homophobes that all gay men are cursed with HIV. There was nothing spiteful or shallow about what he said.

    • Delle
      December 02, 11:25 Reply

      You do not get what Mandy meant. He is just pin-pointing how the fact that the three most popular gay African men are positive only certifies the shallow belief upheld by our resident homophobes that all gay men are cursed with HIV. There was nothing spiteful or shallow about what he said.

  3. Chuck
    December 02, 11:19 Reply

    Just try to have safe sex please . HIV is still an undesirable condition – it’s a disease, so try your best not to get it

  4. blueeee
    December 05, 17:12 Reply

    The guy that infected me is dead. I wish I killed him myself.

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