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Maria T. Mejia

Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away


We Demanded U Equals U! We Demanded the Truth and We Got It in IAS 2017
July 27, 2017

Today is a historic day! What was hidden from us came to the light today! It was hidden for almost 10 years. We pretty much joined together and put pressure. This was demanded by us and the whole world has to know. I have been undetectable for 18 years and living with this condition for 29 years. Why wasn't I considered responsible enough (18 years of adherence and undetectable) to be told the truth? I knew about the Swiss statement for 5 years and no one would confirm it here in the USA or other areas of the world! I had the right as a very adherent person to know the truth!!! To know and understand that I wasn't a risk to any of my partners for 18 years!!!! To suffer just with the thought that I could hurt the ones that I love was horrific and depressing. I feel happy today, but I also feel upset and just like the doctor that gave the Swiss statement, had all of these questions to the panel at the International AIDS Society in Paris.

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Health Is a Human Right and I Am Not a Carrier!
July 10, 2017

How can you preach that you are a Christian and at the same time say that health is a privilege? How can you really not see health as a human right? So, the poor who cannot pay for health care should just DIE???? Think about it!

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What One Day Can Do!
June 8, 2017

Undetectable! All organs and blood panel are perfect! So yeah! It was temporary insanity and stress that I brought on myself and external situations that are eating them! The medicine works but it is up to me to control my stress and rage for so many problems we have in the U.S. government, in the world and real-life everyday problems!

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Soy Indetectable y no Puedo Transmitir el Virus del VIH
21 de marzo de 2017

Quiero que todos vean la falta de educación que hay en todas partes! Por eso es importante mostrar nuestras caras y salir de la oscuridad! Esta es una condición humana que es 100% prevenible y como he explicado en el video, si una persona que vive con el #VIH, toma sus medicamentos y se vuelve indetectable y permanece indetectable por más de 6 meses NO PODEMOS TRANSMITIR EL VIRUS DEL VIH!

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If I Am Undetectable I Can't Transmit the HIV Virus
March 21, 2017

I want you all to see the lack of education that is out there! This is why it is important to show our faces and come out of the dark! This is a human condition that is 100 percent preventable and, as I explained in the video below, if a person living with HIV takes their medications and becomes undetectable and stays undetectable for more than 6 months, WE CAN'T TRANSMIT THE HIV VIRUS. Just because our activist circles and allies know about HIV does not mean that people know about this condition that has so much stigma! We need to be visible and we need to reach main stream media.

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El #VIH y el #AMOR (Mi Historia de Amor y Divulgar)
1 de agosto de 2016

El amor, qué hermoso es! Esto es tan importante para las personas que viven con el VIH / SIDA tener a alguien que te ame y puede ver más allá de la enfermedad, es decir si son VIH negativas ... Me siento bendecido de que después de todos estos años de ser positiva y pensando en el camino recorrido y lo que pensaba cuando me diagnosticaron (NUNCA ME LLEGARE A CASAR), he sido bendecida con un a esposa tan cariñosa y atenta conmigo ... el complemento perfecto. :) Ella es un elemento clave en mi salud, aunque no lo crean! Cuando a uno lo aman y cuidan ... el corazón y el alma se llena en el interior. Uno se siente feliz y se siente complementado, todas estas cosas hacen que nuestro sistema inmune se suba ... Y no sólo es el amor de pareja, esposa, esposo ... también proviene de el que sea amigo o amor que le demuestre a uno el amor y el cuidado con afecto un amigo, su familia ... incluso extraños ... la gente simplemente no saben lo importante que es amar y ser amado para nosotros. Mi pareja, Lisa, sería la primera en decir que ella era parte de la ignorancia, por supuesto, hasta que llegué yo.

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#HIV and #LOVE (My Story of Love and Disclosure)
August 1, 2016

Love, how beautiful it is! This is so important for people living with HIV/AIDS ... to have someone who loves you and can see you beyond the disease, that is, if they are HIV negative.  I feel blessed that after all these years living with my diagnosis and thinking about the journey and what I thought when I was initially diagnosed (I'll NEVER GET MARRIED), I have been blessed with a wife so loving and attentive to me ... the perfect complement. :) She is a key element in my health, believe it or not! When one is loved and cared for ... The heart and soul are filled inside. You feel happy and feel complemented, all these things make our immune system rise ... And it's not just romantic love, wife, husband or spouse ... it also comes from a friend, loved one ... to be shown the love and caring affection from a friend, family ... even strangers ... people just do not know how important it is to love and be loved for us. My partner, Lisa, would be the first to say that she was part of the ignorance, of course, until I came along.

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Survivor's Guilt/PTSD/Anxiety/Depression
February 26, 2016

Where do I start? It is with much sorrow that I am writing this blog ... the memories of my friends that passed from AIDS complications haunt me all the time. It is very hard to express how I feel ... so I will do my best.

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My Depression, Trauma, HIV and Getting Help
December 23, 2015

I have been going through one of the roughest times of my life and I wanted to show the world that it is ok to be a strong woman and ask for help at the same time. Being a part of the Greater Than AIDS campaign for HIV and IPV resurfaced many issues I had that I thought had healed ... but the reality is that I was just glued together ... I had not healed and now I am in intensive therapy for the first time in my life.

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This Message Is for All HIV-Negative People (Video)
December 14, 2015

Charlie Sheen has brought back the passion in me because I realize that I have to continue educating the world! Much ignorance and stigma continues.

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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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