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Hydeia Broadbent, The 39-Year-Old HIV/AIDS Activist Has Passed Away

Many said Hydeia Broadbent defied the odds when it came to living with HIV/AIDS; today, it was announced that she passed away at age 39. She dedicated her life to educating and creating dialogue around the disease. Many of us can recall her as a child sitting with Oprah in 1996, detailing how she was born with HIV and describing the symptoms she had when she was diagnosed with AIDS at age five.

NBC reports that she was abandoned at birth at the University of Southern Nevada Hospital in Las Vegas. But Loren and Patricia Broadbent adopted her. As a child born with the disease, her willingness to share her story throughout her life educated so many about the disease. The Broadbents were the first Black family to discuss their journey publicly. She told Oprah that the most challenging part of living with the disease was watching people she loved die. In addition to Oprah, she appeared on 20/20, Good Morning America, and

Hydeia’s website states that her mission was “simply to inform & create dialogue around HIV/AIDS in our homes, communities, educational institutions & churches. My life’s mission is met in two folds: first, to use my life as a prevention tool for those who are HIV negative to make informed decisions to stay HIV negative, and also for those living with HIV/AIDS to find hope and inspiration not to allow HIV or AIDS to hold them back from living their best life.”

Hydeia was an advocate before medications were available. As she grew into adulthood, she urged us to take the disease and prevention seriously. She said, “I see so many people living recklessly. At what point do we get it? She said in an interview. “We have the tools here in the United States to have no more HIV infections, but yet we have new HIV infections every day.”

She shared publicly that living with the disease could be tough at times. Revealing that the disease impacted her both physically and mentally and discussed going to therapy. Yet she continued to advocate for those who had HIV/AIDS and educate those who were negative to remain so.

Throughout her life, Hydeai Broadbent made an impact on this earth. Because she shared her story, she has saved many lives. May she rest in eternal peace.

 

 

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