For the first time in many years I have seen the mahewa generation get shaken with facts they assumed didn’t exist.
It so happened that one @MuchiriH recently posted data on the realities of HIV/AIDS on social media where the mahewa generation source their updates.
Muchiri sampled one county to find out how the disease was spreading. We shall return to his finding shortly but first let me share some history.
Most of us in Bamba 40 and soon to climb to fifth floor first heard of Aids through the music of American musician, Prince when he sang sign O’ Times with the verse: “In France a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name”….
Then in the same year, 1987, Congolese Rhumba maestro Franco Luambo Makiadi released the eponymous album “Attention na Sida” in which he sang about Aids. Franco was adored and his song is still relevant over 30 years on.
“Attention na Sida” was about how Aids did not discriminate any profession. It is like a plague that doesn’t spare anyone and leaves doctors impotent. Franco lamented how friends he shared food and drinks with were discriminating against him.
He lamented how people in Europe and America were even accusing Africa as the cradle of Aids.
Franco advised his listeners: “Take care of your bodies, and he will take care of his, protect our bodies he will protect his.”
He finishes by saying “his family has run away and he is only left with the mother who has to suffer again all the sickness of my childhood”.
Most of us feared HIV/Aids when it wasted Franco-who was very huge-and our role model died in 1989.
American basketballer Magic Johnson was another role model who shocked us. I adored Johnson, supported his LA Lakers team in the NBA.
I was in tears when my mother broke the news of Magic Johnson having Aids.
What I am saying we had role models and unlike the new generation we listened to their advice. The circumstances, however, were different from today as people had scanty info on Aids which withered bodies and hair thinned to a wispy brown shade. There was a lot of fear .
The government tried public communication through adverts and billboard messages on how to prevent Aids like abstinence, being faithful to one partner and using condoms.
So what did Muchiri find out?
Well, he discovered that the main problem is the economy which has made people to share partners like never before.
Spreading HIV/Aids has kick started again through the ease with which young girls get sponsors (who rarely use rubber), watching porn and experimenting with group sex with a don’t care attitude that ends up shortening life in the name of fun.
The most infected are young women aged 25 and above which is where economic fortunes are to blame since many women would do anything for money. These are the ones who later infect their partners.
Unless the youth takes life and HIV/Aids seriously we will end up with same problem we had in late 1990s when whole villages had no youth. many feared getting into relationships.
I will finish by a lighter note: “Men are tempted and careless when they have money, Women are tempted to be careless when they don’t have money. Then the best way is the men to give their women money when they have so that no one is tempted.”