HIV/AIDS Activist Hydeia Broadbent’s Open Letter to Us All

Bryan Cain-Jackson – Huffington Post – Wednesday, 13 February 2013 (originally published 09 Feb)

Belated, but sincerely — I want us all to observe Feb. 7 as it was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Hydeia Broadbent claimed the hearts of millions with her story. At birth, she was abandoned at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where Patricia and Loren Broadbent adopted her as an infant. Although Hydeia’s condition was congenital, she was not diagnosed as HIV-positive with advancement to AIDS until age three. The prognosis was that she would not live past the age of five.

Now, at 27, Hydeia spends her time spreading the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention by promotion abstinence, safe-sex practices (for people who choose to have sex), and the initiative “Knowing Your HIV/AIDS Status” . . .

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