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An Ex-Dissident/Denialist Letter to Me and the World

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May 16, 2013

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This article was cross-posted from "A Girl Like Me," a program of The Well Project.

Below is my bilingual Vlog from an ex dissident telling me what happened and I also share some information for those scared of treatment.


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Comment by: Mazzi (World Citizen) Tue., Jun. 18, 2013 at 12:42 am EDT
Thank you Maria. ARVs are good! I too believed the denialist stuff - of course I wanted HIV to not be an issue in my life! I was sick with very low CD4 count before I took them - what the hell, had nothing to lose - then I got better. Fast forward 10 years on ARVs and health is better than ever. I have health and love, work and fitness. Please people get educated and don't be scared! xxx
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Comment by: Maria (Miami) Wed., Jun. 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm EDT
same thing happened to me Mazzi.. love and light


Comment by: Barb Cardell (Boulder, CO) Thu., Jun. 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm EDT
Maria-
Thanks for this great vlog. I loved your passion about dissidents/denialists and HIV. Your thoughts on why this is so tempting for people to believe was spot on. I too take meds and would prefer not to do so for the rest of my life. BUT, right now, to take meds is to live and that my friend is what I choose, like you do. Love and light right back at you.
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Comment by: Maria (Miami) Wed., Jun. 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm EDT
Thank you Barb..I wish I could say lets stop our meds..but the truth is that we cant. these people are insane and sending people to their graves with their insane theories


Comment by: Jeane (Viena) Mon., May. 27, 2013 at 10:28 am EDT
You are such a specialist, aren't you? I nearly died from ARVs side effects. What do you say to that?
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Comment by: Maria (Miami) Wed., Jun. 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm EDT
well, you must of been on the wrongs ones..people die of something as simple as Tylenol. I died and many have died from denial and not taking their meds!! Arvs=life no arvs=death!! unless you have the genetic mutation dear
Comment by: Jeane (Viena) Tue., Oct. 8, 2013 at 7:36 am EDT
The problem with your narrative Maria, is that you are trying to make it universal. I respect your life story as your life story, but certainly not as something that necessarily applies to everyone.
No I do not have a genetic mutation... I had a false diagnose due to a cross reaction with an autoimmune condition. The funny thing is that we are led to believe that HIV is the only condition causing Cd4 cell depletion, what a joke!


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Maria T. Mejia

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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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