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HIV-Infected Crack Baby Abandoned at Birth Now an AIDS Activist: Hydeia Broadbent’s Life a Testament to Early Diagnosis and Treatment

Fri., Jul. 22, 2011 9:09 AM EDT
by Kathleen Cross

Born HIV-infected and diagnosed with full blown AIDS at age 3, Hydeia Broadband was not expected to live past the age of 5. More than 20 years after receiving that death sentence, this beautiful young woman blogs, tweets and travels the country to educate people about the importance of AIDS prevention, testing, early diagnosis and treatment.

“Early diagnosis can be the difference between life and death,” says Broadbent. “Too many people become aware of their status when it is too late for life-saving medications to be effective — I am in this fight because I truly do not want others to go through what I have gone through — but also keep in mind, a positive test result doesn’t have to mean a death sentence.”

Some uninformed people hear stories like Broadbent’s and believe that because HIV-positive people are now living much longer, prevention is not a big deal anymore. Broadbent warns audiences not to fall into that trap. This young lady knows firsthand that living with AIDS is no walk in the park. The drugs have serious side effects, are very costly and they must be taken every day. If you are following Broadbent on Facebook or Twitter, you know her emergency room visits are frightening and expensive.

“People think because I was born with HIV my story does not apply to them,” warns Broadbent. “Well, this same disease I am living with is the same disease you can get if you don’t practice safe sex and know your HIV status and the HIV status of your sexual partner. I ask people to use my testimony as a warning of what you don’t want to go through.”

If you have been thinking about getting tested, but still haven’t found the courage or will to get it done, let this young woman’s concern for you give you the nudge you need to be concerned about yourself.

“We are responsible for the choices we make and I challenge everyone to be accountable. Every 9 ½ minutes someone becomes infected with HIV. Knowing your HIV status is not only a representation of self-love but also states what kind of person you choose to be. Not knowing your HIV status and having unsafe sexual relationships means you could possibly be infecting others,” Broadbent says.

Visit www.HydeaiaBroadbent.com for more information on this awesome young lady.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dawniemay Dawn May Adams

    Diseases come and go, but this is one that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. People tend to become complacent when it doesn’t seem to affect them personally…BAD IDEA!! There are a number of other diseases as well out there that you can become heir to if you are physically active in a relationship, and not taking the proper precautions. Thank you Hydeia for telling your story…it might help others to think twice before indulging in unsafe practices.

  • Love4OldSchool

    Yes, people seem to have gotten VERY accepting of and complacent with herpes… unfortunately.

  • JP

    Every child, no matter how traumatic their beginning may be, is potentially the light of the world. Much respect to this young lady for overcoming so many obstacles and coming through it all with love in her heart and concern for the safety of others. She’s a great role model for all of us, young or old.

  • Lisa Britt

    Hi Hydeia, this is an amazing story. I too have an amazing story. I was not born positive but believe I have a responsibility to continue to educate our community and the world about the impotance of protecting yourself. I have been positive since 2003 and realize God have put me on this earth to help our people wake up and realize that we are responsible for our own actions. Especially when engaging in unprotected sex and sharing drug needles. Keep up the good work lady and I will continue to pray for your healing.

    Love
    Lisa Britt

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000729713925 Stefan Kaluza de Souche

    my friend went hiv + in 1992 and he is still alive with no ONE single PILLS of TREATMENT..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000729713925 Stefan Kaluza de Souche

    HIV has nothing to do with AIDS… HIV TESTING is a SCAM…. AIDS should be cured differently…