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A Day With HIV (and Recent Updates in My Life): A Video Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img
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A Day With HIV (and Recent Updates in My Life): A Video Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

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:

Access to Treatment: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img
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Access to Treatment: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"As a Latino woman living in Miami, I have seen people who have many problems adhering to their treatment ... because of lack of insurance or the stigma of having HIV. They would rather not even be seen in the clinic because of fear that someone will...

Living With HIV/AIDS: This Is a Message to the Youth -- A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img

Living With HIV/AIDS: This Is a Message to the Youth -- A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"HIV/AIDS is not a death sentence, but it is a life sentence. It's a looooooooong disease, and you not only have to worry about taking your meds but you also have to deal with stigma, discrimination, the anxiety of bloodwork."

My Body May Feel Weak Sometimes, but My Spirit Always Pulls Me Through: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img
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My Body May Feel Weak Sometimes, but My Spirit Always Pulls Me Through: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

(But even sometimes my spirit has a limit!!)

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 t...

ACT UP: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img
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ACT UP: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

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'...

Hey HIV Img
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Hey HIV

"Thank you, HIV. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, because you actually formed me and changed the little girl and teenager that was full of hate -- an uncompassionate, angry kid that didn't have any direction but to do bad things, and felt so wo...

It's Friday ... and I Still Have HIV: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img
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It's Friday ... and I Still Have HIV: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"At the end of the day, I, like so many people dealing with HIV/AIDS, have to look at my face in the mirror. The face is the same, it ages a little, but the story is still the same, and I think to myself, 'It's Friday I still have HIV.'"

My Trip to Colombia and the Importance for Our Health to Disconnect: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img
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My Trip to Colombia and the Importance for Our Health to Disconnect: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"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 I am also learning to stop and look at the beautiful gift that is nature. ... This was a tot...

Alternative Treatments I Did for First 10 Years Without HIV Meds and What I'm Doing Now: A Video Blog by Maria T. Mejia Img

Alternative Treatments I Did for First 10 Years Without HIV Meds and What I'm Doing Now: A Video Blog by Maria T. Mejia

Maria T. Mejia went 10 years after her HIV diagnosis without taking a single HIV medication. She did, however, take complementary therapies -- and in the 11 years since she started taking HIV meds, she still incorporates these other therapies into he...

World AIDS Day (My Thoughts): A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img

World AIDS Day (My Thoughts): A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

In a written post and video entry for her blog, Maria T. Mejia shares a stream of thoughts from the heart on the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and on what World AIDS Day means to her. "If we want to change things, we must start with ourselves," sh...