Living with HIV/AIDS: This is a message to the youth

I want to share this very important message with YOU! The youth! Please, HIV/AIDS is preventable. Your body is your temple and you have to take care of it! Use protection, love yourself and test yourself.

And no matter how much you think you love someone, no one is worth your life! HIV/AIDS is not a death sentence, but it is a life sentence. I don't want any of you to go through what I have been through and going's a looooooooong disease and you don't only have to worry about taking your meds that will make you feel tired every day of your life and take them NON-STOP!! But you have to deal with stigma, discrimination, the anxiety of bloodwork! 'Is my medication working? Am I developing resistance? Is my viral load up? Are my Tcells down?' ...And so much more!!


You are important! Even if you are in a household where you are being told you are a NOTHING! Or will never amount to anything! YOU ARE SOMEONE!

I am someone! Even though I was smashed since I was a little girl!  I was that worm that became a butterfly!

No matter what we all go through in life know we are worthy and we have to have self love.

AGAIN! HIV/AIDS is preventable! You don't need this burden in life! Believe me...

I hope you all listen closely because HIV is here and just here alone in the Unites Stated 1 out of every 5 people have it and don't know it. And every 9 1/2 minutes someone is getting infected!

Don't be another statistic when all you have to do is wear protection! Look at me! I am the face of HIV/AIDS

I have been through it all:

sexual abuse


abuse at home (verbal and mental)

running away from home and thrown out of all the foster homes you can think of

in and out of youth halls

in my gang

...and getting HIV from my first boyfriend at the age of 16 years old!

So, you see you can make it! You can be that butterfly (without the need of contracting HIV).

I always say from the biggest darkness comes the brightest lights .

Again, Love yourself, protect yourself and test yourself.

Living with HIV/AIDS: This is a message to the youth

En Espanol:

Viviendo con con el Vih/Sida. Este es un mensaje para la juventud

Much love and light,

Maria T Mejia




Mariatmejia's picture

yes we are :) we are survivors! not victims! I hope the youth gets the message.

love and light


mirriam ojok's picture

Yes we are the worries in the battle field


mumbaiyyagal's picture

Do I need to say something more????? You have said it ALL :) :) :)
In this battle, together, we are ONE.....UNITED.....and WE control the virus, the virus DONT control US!!!! Thus we are obviously THE SURVIVORS not the victim.


abena's picture

Yes Gals don't let the virus control are surely SURVIVORS....God bless y'all


Mariatmejia's picture

very true indeed .Abena. but the youth must know that even though we are warriors and survivors. this condition is what I call a BITCH! sorry for my language :) but they are not respecting the virus! every time I talk to the ( almost all youth ) they tell me they are not afraid . that is simple and they just have to take a pill. oh nooo its not that simple as we all know. no matter how strong we are this illness is no joke. the truth is the first 15 years of me living with the virus were easier and less side effects from the meds. as I pass the 23 years living with does get harder. that is why I will show my face everywhere to try and prevent new infections. we have to live it to know it .

love and light



Mariatmejia's picture

better believe it :)


edith's picture

we are the conquerers


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