Remembering Ryan White and Thoughts on Milton Hershey School
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December 7, 2011
Today I am remembering one of my biggest inspirations and warriors! Ryan White. He is an angel and someone who has inspired me to fight for injustice. He just wanted to go to school and fought for it when he was discriminated against for having HIV. It is incredible to me that we are 30 years into this illness and the Milton Hershey School is not letting a young boy go to school because of his condition.
This is not right and this is my opinion. As a person who talks to young people all the time, so many young people are having unprotected sex. And if they think that HIV is not going to affect them because they are not letting this kid go to their school, THEY ARE WRONG! I imagine they go out at some point ... they can have unprotected sex and contract HIV!
I am so sad and in shock I don't even know what to feel! I feel for this young man and I hope that things change! What are they going to do if some kid gets HIV while attending this school? Will they throw him out like dirt?
I can't sit back and not say something when injustice is happening right in front of me! I have to vent ... my soul feels sad and I am beyond angry! When will ignorance stop? When? Why are some human beings like this? Where is the compassion? Empathy?
As I tell everyone, HIV IS HERE! Every 9-1/2 minutes someone gets infected with HIV in the United States alone!
Again my heart goes out to this kid and the family! And as Ryan White's mom always told him, "SON, KEEP YOUR CHIN UP!"
LOVE AND LIGHT!
... But today my heart is broken and I feel hurt.
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Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away
Maria T. Mejia
I am a 37-year-old Colombian female who lives in Miami, Florida. I've been positive for 20 years. Although almost all my life I've been in long-term relationships with HIV-negative men, I am happily married to a woman who is wonderful and caring. We have been together almost three years and she is HIV negative. I have no children but we will look into having! I am an activist, a peer educator, a caregiver. I volunteered for the Red Cross in education for the Hispanic HIV community and also the American community. I was a pre- and post-test counselor. I have spoken in many conferences and done a lot of outreach in the community, especially in the schools for prevention and education. It is part of my everyday life to educate everyone I can on this subject. Being HIV positive is nothing to be ashamed about! We are strong women, and we will take away all the stigmas slowly but we have to open up.
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