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Maria T. Mejia

Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away

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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Porque Soy Tan Abierta de Tener el Virus del VIH?
13 de agosto de 2013

Muchos me escriben de todo el mundo con la misma pregunta ... ¿Cómo puedo ser tan abierta acerca de tener VIH? ¿Cómo puedo tener el valor de ser tan abierta? ¿Cómo pueden llegar a donde estoy yo? Mi respuesta es siempre la misma! Yo no tengo vergüenza! No es nada malo tener VIH!

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My Interview With an International Women's Website
July 3, 2013

I was very honored to be featured on Fanm Kanson Network. As many of my interviews are equally important, I get contacted through my activism page (as Maria HIV Mejia) on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and my blogs. Many ask me how I get to do these interviews, etc. Basically I am relentless in social media ... every day, no matter where I am and what I am doing. This gives me a presence in social media, and important campaigns, websites, radio, TV and magazines contact me.

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Why Doctors Injected HIV Into a Dying Girl
June 24, 2013

Isn't it AMAZING that a little girl who was sentenced to death had the HIV virus injected in her and she is now healthy and alive? I know the cure for some cancers and HIV is coming ... I feel it and I am crying tears of Joy for her and for myself and millions around the world. Isn't it ironic that a disease that has been stigmatized -- so much ignorance around the HIV virus and so, so much discrimination -- is actually saving lives and who knows how many with cancer such as this little angel will be saved? The once ostracized HIV patients like myself and what some called as 'the ones CURSED by GOD' will help others with cancer? so good to finally be talked about in a loving and positive way! Imagine that!!! HIV PATIENTS SAVING CANCER PATIENTS THAT HAVE NO HOPE! Hope and faith is something I will never lose ...

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Una Bolita Grande en Mi Seno Derecho
12 de junio de 2013

He estado callada de algo que me ha estado pasando ... bueno, me di cuenta de un bultico grande en mi pecho derecho y me dolia .. así como siempre fui rápida con mi salud e hice una cita para una mamografía digital, y una ecografía que me hize hoy Gracias a Dios que no era nada .. solo fibrosis .. muchas mujeres tienen esto! cual es mi mensaje como en otras ocasiones! con tiempo y la detección temprana podemos salvar nuestras vidas! o no tener miedo de lo que el resultado puede ser y agarrar el toro por los cuernos eso es lo que hago con todo en mi vida! No puedo dejar que las cosas pasen ... NUNCA! Eligo vivir de la mejor manera que puedo vivir Soy muy bendecida y feliz de que no era Cáncer .. pero yo estaba lista para cualquier cosa y pensaba dentro de mi lo que está destinado a ser será .. y voy a luchar como siempre lo hago ... por favor a todas las mujeres no dejen de hacerse las pruebas de Papanicolaou y mamografías anuales hacer esto puede salvar tu vida y quedaran tranquilas amor y luz

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A Huge Lump on My Right Breast
June 12, 2013

I have been holding back on talking about something that has been going on ... Well, I noticed a big lump on my right breast and it hurt. So like always, I was quick with my health and made an appointment for a digital mammogram and an ultrasound that was done today. THANK GOD it was nothing ... just fibrosis ... many women have this! So what is my message? As with anything, with time and early detection, we can save our lives! Don't be scared of whatever the outcome can be and grab the bull by its horns ... that is what I do with everything in life! I cant let things be ... NEVER! I chose to live the best way I can live. I am very blessed and happy that it was not cancer ... but I was ready for anything and thought to myself 'whatever is meant to be, will be ... and I will fight like I always do.' Please, to all women out there, get your yearly Pap smears and mammograms. Doing this can save your life or put you at ease. love and light

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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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HIV & Me: A Guide to Living With HIV for Hispanics
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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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