Latest by Maria T. Mejia

When Our Lab Results Are Not Normal: A Video Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

This article was cross-posted from "A Girl Like Me," a program of The Well Project.

Fear, Strength, Positive Thinking and Conversations With Your Specialist

Well, my latest lab work showed that my ALT and AST levels are a little up! This has to do ...

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Prevention of Fat Loss and Lipoatrophy of the Face: A Video Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"Many people feel very depressed because they lose fat in their face and become stigmatized by it," Maria T. Mejia writes. "Although medication is better today than it was 20 years ago, I use Sculptra to prevent fat loss in my face." In this blog ent...

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My Story With Medication: A Video Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"I've been HIV positive for 20 years, 10 of them without any HIV meds," Maria T. Mejia writes. "You shouldn't wait till your immune system is destroyed like mine was. Take your meds and live a healthy and positive lifestyle. Please find a doctor you ...

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Not Everyone Is an Activist (and Updates on My New Regimen of Atripla): A Video Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"Not all people are prepared to come out of their HIV closet because others want them to. ... And it's not because they don't want to fight for the cause," Maria T. Mejia writes in her latest blog entry. As she gently admonishes people who feel that ...

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Discrimination and Stigma: These Are the Stories -- A Video Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

Blogger Maria T. Mejia has been flooded with messages from HIVers around the world whose lives have been battered by stigma and discrimination. She shared these people's stories in a recent video blog. "Not everyone is ready to come out of the HIV cl...

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PRIDE, From a Proud HIV-Positive Lesbian: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"My running away from home and joining a gang, the things we had to go through in our home with my father, and then having to tell her [my mother] that I was HIV positive was just enough for her to handle," blogger Maria T. Mejia explains. "I didn't ...

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New Regimen of Meds, and My Comments on My Speech on the Doctor/Patient Relationship: A Video Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"It's like a marriage," Maria T. Mejia says. "If there is no communication or respect, there will be a divorce!" She's talking, of course, about the relationship between an HIV-positive person and his or her doctor. Because so much about health care ...

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To Take or Not to Take Your Meds: A Video Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"I tell those that are confused and lost, and hopeless, and very scared, and don't know what to do: Listen to your heart! Do your research. Investigate and pick a doctor that works with you!" blogger Maria T. Mejia writes. Maria avoided HIV medicatio...

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Forgiveness (Traumas From My Childhood and Teenage Years): A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

I remember my first memory at the age of three, unlike some children that have wonderful memories of their childhood mine was a very traumatic one! I was molested by a family member at such a young age. It is hard to open up about this, because it ha...

By Maria T. Mejia for The Well Project