International HIV/AIDS Activist & Humanitarian
At birth, Hydeia Broadbent was abandoned at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where Patricia and Loren Broadbent adopted her as an infant. Although her HIV 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 the age of 30, Hydeia spends her time spreading the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, by: promoting abstinence, safe-sex practices (for people who choose to have sex) and national HIV testing initiatives.
“People think because I was born with HIV my story does not apply to them. Well this same disease I’m living with is the same disease you can get if you don’t educate yourself and those in your community. Who better to educate you on this subject then someone who knows firsthand the true reality of life with AIDS, I ask people to use my testimony as a warning of what you don’t want to go through.”
- Hydeia Broadbent
Hydeia Broadbent began her debut as an HIV/AIDS activist and public speaker at six years old. By 12 years old, Hydeia appeared on many national television programs including Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America, Weekly with Ed Gordon, and “A Conversation with Magic Johnson” on Nickelodeon. She has been featured in prominent publications to include; New York Times, People, Essence, Ebony, Health Quest, Sister 2 Sister, POZ, National Geographic, Real Health, Seventeen, and Heart & Soul. Hydeia also co-graced the cover of TV Guide. Hydeia has also taken part many of America’s talk radio programs including, The Michael Eric Dyson Show, Russ Parr Morning Show, and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. This year The Oprah Winfrey Network featured Hydeia on OWN’s Where Are They Now, to date Hydeia was the most requested update by fans.
Over the last 24 years, Hydeia has become a notable speaker and guest panelist at many of America’s most respected educational institutions including Duke University, Morehouse School of Medicine, UCLA, USC, and Howard University. Hydeia has been a featured speaker for the International AIDS Conference in 2006. Hydeia has been a featured speaker main stage at 2000 & 2007 Essence Music Festival as well as the 2007 AIDS Rally at the Potters House lead by Bishop TD Jakes, in Dallas, Texas.
Not since Ryan White has a young person spoke out, on an international level, so passionately about having living with AIDS. Hydeia is one of few young activists to follow in his footsteps and speak out on an international level about being affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. Broadbent is also considered a pioneer as the first African-American youth to speak up and speak out about the epidemic. Ebony Magazine named Hydeia one of the Most Influential 150 African Americans in 2008. She has been honored with an American Red Cross Spirit Award and an Essence Award.
In 2010 Hydeia was invited by the BET Networks Chairman/CEO Debra Lee to participate as a panelist in the First Annual Leading Women’s Defined Summit in Washington, DC. Hydeia also received an award for Health Education and Awareness from WEEN (Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network).
Hydeia Broadbent also had the honor of being selected by TheGrio.com a division of NBC News, TheRoot.com and Ebony Magazine as one of today’s Top 100 African American History Makers for Power 100 for 2011.
Today, Hydeia is a distinguished international, public speaker and HIV/AIDS activist with a mission to educate people of all ages. She has an innate ability to bond with any audience. When addressing the public about the issues of HIV/AIDS, her primary goal is to provide a clear understanding of how to avoid at-risk behaviors through self-examination and informed decision-making. She succinctly stated “...with all that we know about the virus, it is clear to me that contracting HIV/AIDS today is a choice and we can’t allow anyone the power to make that choice for us!”
Ms Broadbent is a pioneer as being the first African-American youth to speak up and speak out.
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