NAIROBI, Kenya

African countries, many of them struggling against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), mark Dec. 1, the World AIDS Day.

Kenya, like many African countries, is battling to fight HIV/AIDS, and officials warn that although HIV/AIDS drugs are free in Kenya, the youth are not taking their medication.

Mercy Waithera, a 26-year-old student and peer educator living with HIV, is having the same discussion with about 60 other teenagers all living with HIV/AIDS at a church-hall in Mathare slums in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

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