Living Life After HIV Diagnosis from C. Murray on Vimeo.
Today, African Americans lead in HIV/AIDS rates and statistics but only make up 13.1% of the US population. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a 2010 New HIV Infections report showed that African Americans accounted for an estimated 44% of all new HIV infections, despite representing only 12% of the US population at that time. In 2010, there were an estimated 10,600 new HIV infections among African American gay and bisexual men. Gay and bisexual men represent approximately 2% of the US population, but accounted for three-fourths of all estimated new HIV infections annually from 2008 to 2010.
Khafre K. Abif has been living with HIV for 25 years. After his diagnosis in 1991, he became an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and has spent his life educating people about HIV/AIDS.
Timothy Daniels has been living with HIV for more than 28 years. Daniels was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 20. Since then he has lived a healthy life without taking HIV/AIDS medications.
Abif and Daniels discuss their journey after contracting HIV, the choice to take or not take HIV/AIDS medication, understanding T-cells and Viral Load, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Khafre K. Abif HIV/AIDS Activist from C. Murray on Vimeo.
Khafre Kujichagulia Abif is an author, writer, and activist. He has been living with HIV for over twenty years. Abif was first diagnosed in 1991. “It wasn’t until five years later that I shared with my mother that I was HIV positive,” says Abif. Since then he has been an activist for HIV/AIDS and has worked hard to bring awareness to the disease that has affected many individuals in the African American community.
The title of his book, Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens: Prayers, Poems & Affirmations for People Living with HIV/AIDS, came from a conversation he had with his mother after he told her he was HIV positive. “She put her arms around me, she prayed for me and prayed over my life,” says Abif. “And then she went downstairs to the kitchen and pulled out a cast iron skillet and started cooking cornbread, she wanted to fatten me up I guess.” The book consists of 125 writers, famous and unknown poets and authors, some of who are HIV positive and others who are HIV negative. The book is available in different languages such as, Spanish, Cosa, Zulu and French. “It’s a book for the world, we wanted to create a quilt of words to wrap around people to combat the negative words we living with HIV often hear from family, community and just the media,” says Abif.
Currently, Abif is working on his Cycle for Freedom campaign; it is a 2,028 mile mobile campaign, in which he plans to cycle the distance of the Underground Railroad, in order to raise money for HIV/AIDS awareness. In April 2015, Abif will bicycle the Underground Railroad bicycle path from Owen Sound, Canada to Mobile, Alabama. He will stop in 14 cities where they will be having HIV testing rallies and educating individuals on the stigmas around HIV/AIDS.