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I’m HIV positive, reveals gay author Binyavanga Wainaina

Gay Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has dropped another bombshell: that he is HIV positive!

The prolific author, who is currently in Germany, used the occasion of the World Aids Day on Thursday to reveal his status, adding that he was happy.

The 45-year-old founder of Kwani? Trust, who came out on January 14, 2014, simply wrote: “i am HiV (sic) Positive, and happy.”

The reaction was fast and furious.

Some agreed with his decision to reveal his status.

Others did not.

While some thought he was being sarcastic.

Lately, his life has been full of controversy.


Mr Wainaina stunned the world when he revealed his sexuality in a creative blog published on, where he said he had been a homosexual since when he was aged just five.

“I am five when I close my self into a vague happiness that asks for nothing much from anybody. Absent-minded. Sweet. I am grateful for all love. I give it more than I receive it, often. I can be selfish. I masturbate a lot, and never allow myself to crack and grow my heart. I touch no men. I read books. I love my dad so much, my heart is learning to stretch. I am a homosexual,” he wrote.

In November last year, he appealed for help after suffering a stroke. He was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at Karen Hospital and got discharged three weeks later.

And in June this year, he claimed to have been viciously assaulted by a taxi driver in Berlin, Germany, as a crowd watched. He is currently in Berlin for a Daad Fellowship.

The author has in the past won the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing and was in 2014 named by Time 100 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World”.