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Maria T. Mejia

Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away


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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A Day With HIV (and Recent Updates in My Life)
September 24, 2012

Please view my video blog talking about "A Day With HIV" which occurred on Friday, September 21, as well as other recent updates in my life lately ...

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Access to Treatment
August 7, 2012

Why aren't we being adherent and why of the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV, are only 25 percent virally suppressed?

I guess I have to start with myself. I found out I was HIV positive as a young 18 year old in 1991. I could say I was not on ARVs because the only thing that was available was AZT, but the reality is that I highly doubt in those times -- and with so little knowledge about HIV medications and all the side effects that I was hearing about -- that I would have started treatment.

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Living With HIV/AIDS: This Is a Message to the Youth
June 14, 2012

I want to share this very important message with YOU! The youth! Please, HIV/AIDS is preventable. Your body is your temple and you have to take care of it! Use protection, love yourself and test yourself.

And no matter how much you think you love someone, no one is worth your life! HIV/AIDS is not a death sentence, but it is a life sentence. I don't want any of you to go through what I have been through and am going through.

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My Body May Feel Weak Sometimes, but My Spirit Always Pulls Me Through
May 2, 2012

Sometimes I feel like I can't continue. I feel that the energy gets low. This is normal to me ... it has always been like this. Ever since I was a teen I had this fear that I had to live every moment to the extreme. This is a good thing, but it can be a bad thing also for people living with HIV or any disease -- and even for someone who is healthy.

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ACT UP
April 24, 2012

WE NEED TO HAVE THE PASSION AS ACTIVISTS AND ADVOCATES THAT THOSE IN THE BEGINNING OF ACT UP DAYS DID!

ACT UP = ACTION AND PEOPLE FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHTS TOGETHER AS ONE!

I want to start my blog talking about the story behind it for those that don't know what it is ...

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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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