From: Black Voices
From the time she was seven years old Hydeia Broadbent has been at the forefront of spreading awareness about the impact of HIV & AIDS. In 1996, her infamous statement at the Republican Convention— “I am the future and I have AIDS” — catapulted her and the reality of the disease to national acclaim. Infected from birth by her crack-addicted mother, Broadbent, who was adopted by foster parents Patricia and Loren Broadbent, a biracial couple, Broadbent remembers when doctors didn’t believe she would live past the age of 10.
Now 26 years old and living with AIDS, Broadbent shares with Blackvoices.com the truth about the disease and why the Black community should be more outraged at its growing status in the U.S. and across the globe. As told to Alyson Mance.
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