A Conversation with Joshua T Berglan & Maria Mejia
What is HIV?
What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?
What would you do if you discovered you had HIV or AIDS?
Would you keep it a secret or share it with the world?
On A Conversation with Joshua T Berglan & Maria Mejia, we discuss how a 15-year-old found out one day she had the AIDS virus and the hard choices she was faced with on the fateful day.
Maria is the co-author of the book From a Warrior’s Passion and Pain, a real-life account of her 30-year battle with HIV. She is currently the co-chair of the Women and Minorities Outreach for the Dab the AIDS bear project. Maria is a part of the campaign “Let’s Stop HIV Together” for the Center for Disease Control as their Ambassador. she is also an ambassador for a Greater than AIDS ongoing Campaign for women, HIV, Trauma, and IPV, “The Stigma Project, and The Global Ambassador and CAB member for the Women’s organization “The Well Project Diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and infected in 1988 and the age of 15, Maria began a long journey finding hope, pride, and passion in an undereducated society unprepared to deal with the growing epidemic of HIV and AIDS.
After ten years without treatment, Maria found herself at a crossroads. She could begin medical treatment or continue to slide towards death. Thankfully she chose to live and to fight for more than just her own health. Maria immersed herself in HIV/AIDS education and became a powerful activist for education, treatment, testing, prevention, LGBTQ and human rights. She has been featured in magazines, billboards, TV as well as national and international conventions. Maria has been a part of four documentaries to help raise HIV awareness. She is a volunteer for the Red Cross, an HIV educator for Jackson Memorial Hospital and a motivational speaker.
She is an HIV consultant and a member of several digital advisory boards: Janssen Pharmaceuticals Digital advisory board. Comunity advisory board The well project and sits in the Board of Directors “CANN” in Washington.
Twitter at @mariahivmejia IG: MariaHIVMejia
Youtube :Maria Mejia
Founder: International support groups for people infected and affected:
Until there’s a cure: http://until.org/introducing-maria-mejia/
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Joshua T Berglan
Joshua T Berglan, aka The World’s Mayor, is a voice for the voiceless and is driven to elevate the passion, purpose, and mission of those he serves. Joshua is the Chairman of the Live Mana Worldwide Foundation & Live Mana Network, Shock-Jock Evangelist, International #1 Best Selling Author for the Book “The Devil Inside Me” a Producer, and Filmmaker. Joshua is an expert in the future of media and loves supporting others in helping make their dreams come true.