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“It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of our beloved friend, mentor and daughter, Hydea, today,” her father confirmed.

Aids and HIV activist Hydeya Broadbent has died, her family has announced.

She was 39 years old.

Her father, Lauren Broadbent, said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, mentor and daughter Hydea today after living with AIDS since birth. Facebook post. “Despite many challenges in her life, Hideya is committed to spreading hope and positivity through HIV/AIDS education.”

In the year Born with HIV in 1984, Broadbent began raising awareness about the virus in her early years.

“She made national headlines whenever she appeared on television shows,” he said.The Oprah Winfrey Show” at the age of 11 and also on “Good Morning America,” she spoke at the 1996 GOP convention in San Diego, California.

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Hydeia Broadbent was adopted after being abandoned

According to her websiteBroadbent was adopted by her parents after being abandoned at the University of Southern Nevada Medical Center in Las Vegas.

At the age of three, doctors diagnosed the young girl with HIV.

As a teenager, she became the public voice of the virus and later partnered with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in several AIDS advocacy and awareness campaigns, including the “God Loves Me” billboard campaign.

Broadbent says on her website that she spends her time “spreading the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, promoting abstinence, safe sex (for those who choose to have sex) and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.”

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HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, attacks the body’s immune system and, according to the Centers for Disease Control, can lead to AIDS if left untreated.Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

according to HIV.gov, About 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV. The agency stated that 13 percent of them do not know they have the virus.

“The world has seen me grow from a little girl into a woman with love and a mission to make each and every one of us aware of our HIV status as well as our sexual partners,” she posted on the page. before her death. “For those affected by HIV/AIDS, know that life is never over until you take your last breath! We are responsible for the choices we make and I ask that everyone be held accountable.”

Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.

Natalie Nessa Alund is a senior reporter for USA Today. Reach her at nalund@usatoday.com and follow her at X @nataliealund.