Latest by Maria T. Mejia

Stigma Within Our Own HIV Community: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"If we are stigmatizing ourselves, what can we expect from others?" blogger Maria T. Mejia asks. Maria took some flack recently because of her decision to make her name on Facebook "MariaHIV" rather than her full name -- and then when she friended ot...

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HIV and Love: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

Love, how beautiful it is! This is so important for people living with HIV/AIDS ... to have someone who loves you for you and can see past the illness, that is if they are negative ... I am very blessed that after all these years of being positive an...

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I Am Not an Ugly Scorpion! HIV Ads That Add to the Stigma: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"When I first saw it, it caused me anger, fear, shame! It made me feel so weird…And you know why? Because it looks nasty, dirty." Blogger Maria T. Mejia is talking about her reaction to an HIV/AIDS awareness ad that depicts people living with HIV as ...

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Ignorance and My Beauty Salon Experience: The Time to Educate Can Happen When You Least Expect! A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

When Maria took herself to the salon, she was looking forward to a day filled with primping and pampering. Instead, she found herself educating the stylists after she overheard an ignorant comment one of them made about AIDS. While, Maria is not usua...

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Here We Go Again: Lab Results and My Fears -- A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"I know what I should do and how I should act, but I guess my personality or my fears get the best of me," Maria T. Mejia writes. Every four to six months, she goes for another round of blood work and an update of her CD4 count, HIV viral load and ot...

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Does HIV Cause AIDS? Denialism vs. Pro-ARVs: A "Debate" -- A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

It started as a simple status on my Facebook page where I just put "FOR ME IT'S VERY HARD!!! TO TAKE HIV MEDS ... IT'S NOT SIMPLE! IT'S NOT EASY ... THEY DO SAVE OUR LIVES BUT HAVE VERY HARSH SIDE EFFECTS!" Well before I knew it, I had a scientist (a...

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Why I Want to Show My Face After 20 Years: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"My partner's sister passed away from cancer," recalls new blogger Maria T. Mejia. "[I] asked myself, WHY can't I say I have HIV? Why is it that anyone can say they have cancer or diabetes or any other health condition and I am so scared to disclose ...

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HIV/AIDS, Neuropathy, Painkillers (My Personal Hell): A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"Why did this doc put me on a medication that seems like heroin but in pills?" asks blogger Maria T. Mejia. She's talking about oxycodone (best known by the brand name Oxycontin), which her doctor prescribed to help her deal with the pain from neurop...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

Yes, many may think there is nothing positive in being positive ... but as I have always been taught, and believe, even from something bad or tragic, we can find something good, something to learn from and something that makes us stronger. I am not g...

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