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Maria T. Mejia

Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away


#PWNSpeaks (Went, Broke Down and Then Got Uplifted)
September 22, 2014

What an amazing opportunity I was given again by my baby The Well Project (A Girl Like Me)! It was so wonderful to be able to share with 200 HIV positive women from all over the U.S. In the 25 years that I have been living with HIV I never even dreamed that I would be in the same space with so many inspirational positive women. I was able to do something I really never do for myself and that is to vent with another human being about my HIV and women's issues, besides my wife Lisa and my mother. <3

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Mi Camino con el Medicamento Atripla
23 de agosto de 2014

Quiero empezar este blog diciendo esto: si estás tomando Atripla, recuerda que todos los organismos son diferentes ... Estoy hablando de mi propia experiencia y esto no es para asustar a nadie, sino para que tengan más conocimiento de un medicamento que está en el Atripla llamado "Efavirenz."

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My Four-Year Journey With Atripla
August 23, 2014

I want to start this blog by saying this: if you are taking Atripla, remember that everyone's body is different ... I am talking about my own experience and this is not meant to scare anyone, but to make them more aware of a medication that is in Atripla called "Efavirenz."

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Mi Libro y Otros Eventos Importantes
16 de junio de 2014

Muchas cosas especiales me han pasado. Mi libro desde (El dolor y la pasión de una guerrera), mi matrimonio, cambio de medicamentos, y el gran honor que recibí de La comisión Latina contra el SIDA el premio Dennis de Leon Voz de compromiso award.

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My Book and Other Important Events (Video)
June 16, 2014

Many wonderful things are happening. My book is out (From a Warrior's Passion and Pain), my marriage to Lisa, my change of medications, and being honored by Latino Commission on AIDS with The Dennis de Leon Voz de Compromiso Award.

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My Marriage and Very Important Dennis De Leon Voz de Compromiso Award
June 16, 2014

I wanted to share with the whole world my special moment and also announce that Lisa and I are married! :) We got married in New York.

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Cambiando Medicamentos
30 de mayo de 2014

Algunos saben que tome el medicamento Trizivir por 10 anos. Esta era una buena medicina, pero note que mis células rojas estaban engrandecidas en los laboratorios y decidí cambiar el régimen de medicinas.

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Changing Meds
May 30, 2014

As some know, I "once again" asked my doctor to change my medication regimen! I took Trizivir for 10 years. It was a good medicine but I noticed that my red blood cells were enlarged.

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Esconder Que Estoy Enferma No Es Algo Bueno
8 de abril de 2014

Este mes de abril será el 25 aniversario conviviendo con el VIH. Los últimos 2 años de vivir con el VIH han sido los más difíciles para mí y muchos no saben esto. No me gusta para mostrar o decirle a la gente cuando me siento enferma, y es muy frustrante para mí saber que estoy haciendo todo que debo y más y todavía se siente como que estoy como un bebé -- y cualquier virus anda en el aire lo cojo y estoy enferma de nuevo. Parece que no he podido tener un descanso. He escrito antes acerca de sentirse atrapado ... nunca completamente enfermo de hospitalización y nunca 100 por ciento saludable para sentirse bien.

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Hiding When I Am Sick Is Not a Good Thing
April 8, 2014

This April will be my 25th anniversary living with HIV. The last 2 years of living with HIV have been the hardest for me and many do not know this. I don't like to show or tell people when I feel ill, and it is very frustrating for me to know that I am doing everything I am supposed to and then some, and still feel like I am a baby -- exposure to any virus or bug and I am sick once again. It seems I haven't been able to catch a break as far as getting ill and I have written before about feeling stuck ... never completely ill for a hospitalization and never 100 percent healthy to feel good.

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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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