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Maria T. Mejia

Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away

HIV Stops With Me
November 20, 2013

HIV stops with me! Please, if you know you have the virus, disclose before engaging in sexual relations. Do not put anyone at risk because of selfish reasons, or because of stigma, or because of fear of being turned down. I have never been rejected and I believe it's because I bring the subject up and feel the person out. I do not let my emotions get too deep before I disclose. I also know that a person has all the right to not want to deal with this situation or any situation. This is respectable!

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Despues de la Tormenta, Viene el Arco Iris
22 de octubre de 2013

Después de todas las pruebas y las tormentas siempre confia que un arco iris vendrá. No te sientas mal por las cosas que pasan ... estas son las cosas que nos hacen fuertes y evolucionar espiritualmente. Está bien sentirse frustrado, enojado y hasta sin esperanza, siempre y cuando no dejas que te arrastre hacia abajo. Continua luchando y todo estara bien! Cree en ti mismo y que todo lo que te sucede en la vida tiene una razón de ser y tiene un sentido. Si todo en la vida fuera fácil y no pasaramos por momentos difícililes, nunca podríamos aprender y crecer.

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After the Storms, a Rainbow Will Come
October 22, 2013

After all the trials and storms, always believe that a rainbow will come. Never feel bad for the things you go through, these are the times and things that makes us strong and evolve spiritually. It is ok to feel frustrated, angry and even hopeless, as long as you do not let it take you down. Keep on keeping on you ... will be ok! Believe in yourself and that everything that happens in life has a reason and a meaning. If everything in life was easy and nothing hard ever happened, we would never learn and grow.

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Tengo VIH y Soy un Ser Humano
16 de octubre de 2013

Sé que que muchas personas saben que tengo el VIH ... pero al mismo tiempo como que se les olvida que lo tengo porque no me veo enferma. el #VIH no tiene rostro ... Piensen antes de escribirme porfavor,tengo sentimientos y soy un ser humano.Tengo gente que me dice ... WOW! Si tuviera el #VIH me mataría ... o yo tenía muchos amigos con VIH que están todos muertos ya ... es probable que te queden solo 5 años más de vida?? COMO???? NO! SÓLO CUANDO MI MISIÓN ESTE COMPLETA me iré a la luz! otros no son ni #VIH positivos y me estresan diciendo "Creo que soy positiv@ y estoy deprimido!hagansen el exmen porfavor!! y muchos ya salieron negativos en la prueba de elisa y siguen pensandoque lo tienen y se obsesionan!! USTEDES SON NEGATIVOS ... no me estresen mas con lo mismo!! Y RECUERDEN QUE tengo VIH? ... así que por favor ... NO SOY médico! soy sólo una persona que lucha contra el estigma y la educacion de esta condicion ! ... pero al final del día ... Tengo #VIH y soy #HUMANA

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I Have HIV and I Am Human
October 16, 2013

I know most people know I have HIV ... but at the same time they forget I have it, because I do not look sick. HIV has no face ... think before you write me please ... I have feelings! I have people telling me, 'Oh wow, if I were to find out I am poz ... I would kill myself!!' or 'I had many friends with HIV, they are all dead now, you probably have 5 more years left???' REALLY? NO! ONLY WHEN MY MISSION IS COMPLETE, I WILL GO TO THE LIGHT! Others are not even HIV positive and stress me out "I think I am poz and I am depressed! "GO GET TESTED" Some tested negative and still think they have HIV!!! YOU ARE NEGATIVE..STOP STRESSING ME OUT over what you do not have!! AND REMEMBER I DO HAVE HIV! So please, don't act like you're talking to a DOCTOR! I am just a person that fights against stigma and educates everyone! But at the end of the day, I have HIV and I am HUMAN.

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Life Is a Path of Roses Full of Thorns
September 5, 2013

Never limit yourself!! Dream big!! Believe in yourself! No matter what cards you were dealt with, make the best out of any situation. LOVE BIG!! LIVE INTENSELY!! Accept the struggles and overcome them with dignity and without the need of being bitter or selling yourself or your soul. Nothing lasts forever so embrace everything and everyone.

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La Vida es un Camino de Rosas Llenos de Espinas
5 de septiembre de 2013

Nunca te limites! Suena en grande! Cree en ti mismo! No importa que cartas te ha dado la vida ... saca lo mejor de cualquier situación. AMA EN GRANDE! VIVE INTENSAMENTE! Acepta las luchas y superalas con dignidad y sin la necesidad de ser amargad@ o venderte a ti mismo o tu vender tu alma nada dura para siempre, así que abraza fuerte a todo y a todos.

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Change Starts With the Man in the Mirror
August 28, 2013

This world makes me so sad. All I see is destruction and people arguing. We are all one!! We are the human race! The end of times are not here yet (in my belief) and we're already turning on each other.

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El Cambio Empiesa con el Hombre en el Espejo
28 de augusto de 2013

Este mundo me hace muy triste. Todo lo que veo es la destrucción y personas discutiendo. ¡¡¡Todos somos uno somos la raza humana el final de los tiempos no estan aquí todavía (en mi opinión) y ya estamos poniendonos los unos en contra de los otros!!!

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Why Am I so Open About Having HIV?
August 13, 2013

Many write me from all over the world with the same question: How can I be so open about having HIV? How did I get the courage to be so open?? How can they get to where I am?? My response is always the same: I have NO SHAME! There is nothing wrong with having HIV!

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Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away

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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