Hey sis! I’m hope that you are only accepting positive energies and good vibes into your life on this beautiful Monday. In celebration of international women’s month, I wanted to take the time to highlight an amazing activist, with an amazing story. That young woman is Hydeia Broadbent. Hydeia Broadbent is a young HIV/Aids Activist who has set out to change the view of HIV/AIDS and the stigma attached to it over the years. Hydeia was born HIV and her infection did not progress to AIDS until around age 3, around the time she found out about it. In 1996 when she was only 11 she went on Oprah to talk about her life with aids, and begin her role as an activist. Even at such a young age she had an amazing story to tell, and wowed people all over america with her bravery. In 2014 she re-appeared on Oprah’s where are they now segment, and was still going strong in her activism for the community. You can watch her videos Below.
“People think because I was born with HIV my story does not apply to them. Well this same disease I am living with is the same disease you can get if you are aware and informed. I use my testimony as a warning of what you don’t want to go through.”
Her quote above signals that everyone’s story is different and yet we are all still connected. She may have contracted the disease differently from you or anyone you know, but that doesn’t mean she wont understand your struggle or advocate on your behalf as well. She speaks at many different educational institutions, and inspires people all around the world. Today she is still advocating to remove the stigma from people with HIV/AIDS, and also urging people to take mental health much more seriously in relation to the disease. Telling the shade room that
“I know that addressing my mental health was a key to my return to normalcy.”.
When you look at Hydeia’s story, and the stories of those like her, I hope that you can feel the inspiration and motivation. Not only is it important for you to become active in your community, but it is important for others as well. Taking part in activism and volunteering, not only helps the community, but you can also find support and love from others that otherwise may not have been present in your life, and provides it in the lives of others. Go out and find different ways to be active in your own community, we can use many more Hydeia Broadbent’s in the world and I know that everyone has it in them to make a difference.
For more information on HIV/AIDS you can check out Hydei’s website listed above and You can also get more information on HIV/AIDS from the U.S. National Library of Medicine here at their MedlinePlus website.
Live your best life sis, and do everything you can to improve the lives of others around you as well!