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Maria T. Mejia

Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away


HIV Does Not Define Me
May 28, 2013

Well, I was told by someone who made a comment on my pic and my personal Facebook profile (which is at left) that although they admired my work and spirit, I shouldn't make HIV so "Fashionista." He went on to tell me that HIV/AIDS is something very serious and a matter of life and death. Well, I have been living with HIV since I was a teen ... got infected at 16 in 1989 and diagnosed in 1991. I know what living with HIV is, and I for damn sure know I am more than this virus!

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El VIH No Me Define
28 de mayo de 2013

Bueno, me dijo alguien que hizo un comentario en mi foto en mi perfil personal (que es éste), que a pesar de que admiraba mi trabajo y mi espíritu ... No debería hacer el VIH sea "Fashionista" Él continuó diciendo que el VIH/SIDA es algo muy serio y un asunto de vida o muerte ... bueno! He estado viviendo con el VIH desde que era un adolescente ... me infecte a los 16 años en 1989 y diagnosticada en 1991 ... Yo sé lo que es vivir con el VIH ... y yo soy más que este virus!

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Queria Compartir Estos Pensamientos Con Todos Ustedes
10 de mayo de 2013

Me caigo ... pero siempre voy a levantarme! Puedo llorar ... pero me limpiare las lágrimas y seguire amando a mi projimo. pueda que este o estaba viviendo momentos oscuros donde me sentía que todo estaba patas arriba ... pero siempre sé que hay una luz! SIEMPRE! Nada dura para siempre ... las cosas buenas o cosas malas. Como siempre digo, desde los lugares más oscuros vienen las luces más brillantes. A veces podemos sentirnos con ganas de renunciar, pero el espíritu de lucha nos hace seguir y nos muestra de lo que estamos hechos.

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Believe in Yourself No Matter What Trials We Go Through
May 10, 2013

I fall ... but I will always pick myself up! I may cry ... but I wipe my tears and continue loving and caring. I may have been in dark moments where I felt everything was upside down ... but I always know there is a light ! ALWAYS!! Nothing lasts forever ... good things or bad things. As I always say, from the darkest places comes the brightest lights. Sometimes we may feel like giving up but that fighting spirit makes us continue and shows us what we are made of.

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AIDS Is a Bitch
April 29, 2013

YOU GET TIRED! I know I must give hope and be "positive", but I have been in bed for 2 weeks with a horrible cold! FEVER, CHILLS, COUGH, ACHES, HEADACHE ... horrible!! I know we all get colds, but it just sucks when you have a freaking low immune system and multiple things are attacking you!! They also did a culture in the ER when Lisa took me April 18th and found a freaking bacteria Enterococcus (E coli) that I was told by my doc during the same situation.

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Mi Cumpleaños Esta Aqui
4 de abril de 2013

DIOS MIO!! en unos dias cumplo 40 anos de edad!!! y 24 anos con el virus del VIH! cuando me infecto mi primero novio en 1989 a mis 16 anitos y fui diagnosticada una semana despues de mi cumpleanos numero 18 en Abril 18,1991. ESTO ERA UNA SENTENCIA DE MUERTE!! maximo nos daban 10 anos de vida( si viviamos bien ) escribi en mi diario de Hello Kitty que seguro viviria hasta los 28 anos maximo! y asi eran las cosas. NO TENIAMOS MEDICINAS,NO HABIA EXAMEN DE CARGA VIRAL,NO HABIA INTERNET, NI INFORMACION! NADA!!! solo la sentencia de muerte! pero estoy aqui

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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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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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