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Maria T. Mejia

Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away


Survivor's Guilt/PTSD/Anxiety/Depression
February 26, 2016

Where do I start? It is with much sorrow that I am writing this blog ... the memories of my friends that passed from AIDS complications haunt me all the time. It is very hard to express how I feel ... so I will do my best.

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My Depression, Trauma, HIV and Getting Help
December 23, 2015

I have been going through one of the roughest times of my life and I wanted to show the world that it is ok to be a strong woman and ask for help at the same time. Being a part of the Greater Than AIDS campaign for HIV and IPV resurfaced many issues I had that I thought had healed ... but the reality is that I was just glued together ... I had not healed and now I am in intensive therapy for the first time in my life.

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This Message Is for All HIV-Negative People (Video)
December 14, 2015

Charlie Sheen has brought back the passion in me because I realize that I have to continue educating the world! Much ignorance and stigma continues.

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#USCA2015 (My Thoughts and Feelings and Most Importantly the Love I Felt)
September 28, 2015

Well, where do I start? It is no secret that I have been going through one of the toughest times of my life. I thought I may not be able to go, but how can I cancel when they gave me a partial scholarship ... and The Well Project, where I blog, I am on their CAB and their Global Ambassador, assisted me in every way to show my presence as a Latina activist/advocate there!! So I said "Maria, push through, truck it and be real with what you are feeling emotionally and mentally."

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My Depression, Trauma, HIV and Getting Help (Video)
September 28, 2015

I have been going through one of the roughest times of my life and I wanted to show the world that it is OK to be a strong woman and ask for help at the same time. Being a part of the Greater Than AIDS campaign for HIV and IPV resurfaced many issues I had that I thought had healed, but the reality is that I was just glued together, I had not healed, and now I am in intensive therapy for the first time in my life. I was in a very dark space, greater than any other pain I had felt before, and I really wanted to end the pain and just be free. I am so happy my wife pushed for us to get help, individually and together! This saved my life and maybe our marriage.

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Recap 2014/2015
February 10, 2015

Going over 2014 and what is coming for 2015.

How changing your thoughts can improve your wellbeing.

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Transformación
26 de enero de 2015

Esta fue la transformación física que tuve.

Primera foto tenia era una niñita que se sentía amada por su madre y querida.

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Transformation
January 26, 2015

This is the physical transformation I had.

First pic I was a little girl who felt loved and cared for by her mother. At the same time this little girl was getting molested by her uncle and grew up being told she was worthless and that she would never amount to anything.

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#PWNSpeaks (Went, Broke Down and Then Got Uplifted)
September 22, 2014

What an amazing opportunity I was given again by my baby The Well Project (A Girl Like Me)! It was so wonderful to be able to share with 200 HIV positive women from all over the U.S. In the 25 years that I have been living with HIV I never even dreamed that I would be in the same space with so many inspirational positive women. I was able to do something I really never do for myself and that is to vent with another human being about my HIV and women's issues, besides my wife Lisa and my mother. <3

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Mi Camino con el Medicamento Atripla
23 de agosto de 2014

Quiero empezar este blog diciendo esto: si estás tomando Atripla, recuerda que todos los organismos son diferentes ... Estoy hablando de mi propia experiencia y esto no es para asustar a nadie, sino para que tengan más conocimiento de un medicamento que está en el Atripla llamado "Efavirenz."

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Maria T. Mejia

Maria T. Mejia

I am a 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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