“I Regret Selling My Body For Ksh.200 During Naivasha Safari Rally, Now I’m HIV Positive”

The Naivasha Safari rally that took place on March 31, 2024, witnessed a series of unprecedented events. Amidst the thrill of the rally and the spectacle of top drivers competing, there was a pervasive atmosphere of recklessness and immorality, with instances of unprotected intimacy rampant throughout the event.

The provision of free protection by the authorities went largely unutilized, with many attendees opting instead for HIV preps, indicating a widespread acceptance of unprotected sex as the norm. One individual, Cynthia, bravely shared her story with Raynewsroom, recounting how she found herself in a precarious situation after engaging in unprotected intercourse with multiple partners during the Safari Rally.

At only 20 years old, Cynthia had recently joined an escort application, lured by the promise of financial gain. Charging rates starting at Ksh.500 per person, she found herself servicing numerous clients, with some paying as little as Ksh.200. Tragically, just two weeks later, Cynthia received the devastating news that she had contracted HIV, compounding her already existing STI.

In the wake of this diagnosis, Cynthia is overwhelmed with regret and self-blame. At such a young age, facing the reality of living with a lifelong illness is a heavy burden to bear. In this difficult moment, it’s crucial for Cynthia to prioritize her physical and mental well-being.

First and foremost, Cynthia should seek professional medical care and counseling to manage her health and come to terms with her diagnosis. HIV is no longer the death sentence it once was, and with proper treatment and care, individuals can lead fulfilling lives. It’s important for Cynthia to adhere strictly to her treatment regimen and adopt healthy lifestyle habits to support her immune system.

Additionally, Cynthia should surround herself with a strong support network of friends, family, and healthcare professionals who can provide emotional support and guidance. Shame and stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS are still prevalent in many communities, but Cynthia should remember that she is not alone and deserves compassion and understanding.

Looking to the future, Cynthia should prioritize her own well-being above all else. This may involve reassessing her lifestyle choices and making healthier decisions regarding her relationships and sexual behavior. Engaging in unprotected sex carries significant risks, both in terms of physical health and emotional well-being, and Cynthia should prioritize her safety and that of her partners moving forward.

Above all, Cynthia should remember that her diagnosis does not define her worth as a person. While it’s natural to feel guilt and regret, she mustn’t allow these emotions to consume her. With time, support, and determination, Cynthia can learn to navigate life with HIV and find fulfillment and happiness in spite of her diagnosis.