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 through..it'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!!
PLEASE LISTEN TO MY MESSAGE AND SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS!
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:
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.
Much love and light,
Maria T Mejia