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Maria T. Mejia

Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away


My Birthday Is Here!
April 4, 2013

OMG!!!!! In a few days I will be 40 YEARS OLD!!! and 24 years living with HIV! When I was infected in 1989 at the age of 16 and then diagnosed 1 week after my 18th bday, on April 18 1991, IT WAS A DEATH SENTENCE! They gave us MAX 10 YEARS TO LIVE. I wrote in my Hello Kitty diary that max I would live to see 28 and that is how it was. We had no meds!! No viral load exams! No social media or internet! NOTHING! IT WAS A DEATH SENTENCE! NOW IT IS A LIFE SENTENCE!! BUT ... I AM HERE. Please, when you know better, you do better! Get tested, know your status! Do not trust anyone with your life!! And use protection!

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My Soul Is Hurting
March 15, 2013

OK, my soul is hurting. I feel so powerless. I have people from all over the world writing me that they have no medicine! That they are discriminated and it is happening here in the United States also!! It is so sad for me to only offer them my prayers and just sit here and feel like I can't do anything for them and help them!!

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Four Strikes Against Me, but I Am Not Out!
January 23, 2013

I am a Latina, HIV positive, a lesbian and a woman! Four strikes against me, but I am not out!

Many know the struggles that we go through if we have any of these categories with stigma and discrimination! Imagine having these four (strikes) working against you and still trying to show that you are worthy and that you can make it! Well of course we can! No matter what things in life are against us, we must never let anything stop us or bring us down!

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Bilingual Vlog on HIV Vaccine From Spain
January 4, 2013

I am excited and very hopeful! Estoy feliz y con mucha esperanza.

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Life's Ups and Downs
December 7, 2012

Remember that the beautiful butterfly was once a cocoon. There is hope as long as there is life <3.

"Being strong is also coming to terms that life is not easy, we may not always be happy and we should let it out for our own well being." Don't hold onto anything because you are scared of the future ... if it is not working for you there is a reason for this!

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World AIDS Day / Día Mundial del SIDA 2012
November 29, 2012

This is my message to the whole world about what World AIDS Day means to me. I also talk about some of the highlights and accomplishments of this year in regards to HIV/AIDS.

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Some of My Beauty Secrets/Algunos de Mis Trucos de Belleza
November 27, 2012

The best oils to make your hair grow long and strong are combinations of oils like mustard oil, black castor oil, almond oil, peppermint oil, coconut oil, argan oil and many more. Check out my video blog to see what I do to keep my hair healthy.

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My Perspective of PrEP (Truvada) as a Method to Prevent HIV Infection
November 6, 2012

Below is my new bilingual video blog and my perspective of PrEP (Truvada) as prevention for HIV. I discuss why I am on the fence about it and the possible dangers of this FDA-approved method ... in my humble opinion.

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Maria and Lisa's Bilingual Video Blog (Our Detox Juicing Recipe)
October 25, 2012

Hi everyone. Below is a bilingual video of my partner, Lisa, and I describing another one of the healthy juices we make -- this one is a detox juice. I also talk about the vitamins and supplements I am taking right now. Just remember to talk to your healthcare provider when you take any vitamins/supplements to make sure there are not any reactions with any of the medications you are taking.

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Lisa and Maria's Video Blog -- Healthy Eating and Juicing
September 28, 2012

This is the first bilingual video from many that my partner, Lisa, and I will start sharing about healthy eating and juicing ... and of course I will share many of my simple beauty secrets. Many people have asked me about some of my health and beauty regimens. I am going to share one of  them  with you here in this video blog (many more to come ).

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Maria T. Mejia

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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