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Maria T. Mejia

Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away


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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Hey HIV
March 29, 2012

Hey HIV,

I want to say so many things to you -- maybe curse at you, maybe tell you how much you hurt my body, mind and soul.

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It's Friday ... and I Still Have HIV
March 16, 2012

Current global statistics state that an estimated 34 million people globally are living with human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS. In the thirty years since the discovery of the virus, much has changed, yet so many continue to struggle to live with the disease, a disease that science still does not completely know how to fight. I get up and make my breakfast. I think about a birthday party I will attend over the weekend. I think about what I will wear, I think about the gift I will bring. I look into my living room, and laugh at my two Chihuahua's, excited about something outside the window, and it makes me smile. Then I get my med box and vitamins and remember that I stilll have HIV. For those two minutes, I let my mind wander to a place where HIV was not present, but after twenty one years since my diagnosis, I know my HIV will never go away, I know it will always be with me -- unless they find a cure.

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My Trip to Colombia and the Importance for Our Health to Disconnect
March 5, 2012

I just got back from my country Colombia and had a beautiful spiritual connection with mother nature ... I disconnected from everything!

This is so important for our health! Not only have I been really taking care of my body -- I stopped smoking, started eating organic and very healthy -- but learning to stop and look at the beautiful gift that is nature and connecting to it as one. This was a total spiritual medication for me.

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Tomando Medicina Alternativa en Combinación con los ARVs: Mi Historia (Vídeo)
20 de diciembre de 2011

Que medicina naturista y alternativa use durante mis primeros 10 anos de ser positiva sin medicina para el vih, y que he hecho durante estos 11 anos tomando medicina alternativa en combinacion con los arvs.

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Alternative Treatments I Did for First 10 Years Without HIV Meds and What I'm Doing Now
December 20, 2011

Please see my video blog about what alternative treatments I did for the first 10 years without HIV medicine, and what I have been doing for the past 11 years -- combining alternative treatment and HIV medicine.

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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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