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Prominent HIV/AIDS activist dies at 39

Hydeia Broadbent, a life-long AIDS and HIV activist, has died, her family announced.

She was 39.

“With great sadness, I must inform you all that our beloved friend, mentor and daughter Hydeia, passed away today after living with Aids since birth,” her father, Loren Broadbent wrote in a Facebook post. “Despite facing numerous challenges throughout her life, Hydeia remained determined to spread hope and positivity through education around Hiv/AIDS.”

Actress Angela Bassett with Hydeia Broadbent, left, an HIV positive child attending the Pediatric AIDS picnic in Los Angeles.

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

She made national headlines when she appeared as a guest on television programs including “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at age 11 and “Good Morning America”. Additionally, she spoke at the 1996 GOP convention in San Diego, California.

AIDS activist hugs 12 year-old Hydeia Broadbent, who has AIDS, on the podium of the GOP convention Monday after the girl talked about her ailment.

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Hydeia Broadbent was adopted after abandonment

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

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

Before she became a teen she became a public voice for the virus and later partnered with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation on several AIDS advocacy and awareness campaign including its “God Loves Me” billboard campaign.

Broadbent spent 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 HIV/AIDS Awareness and prevention,” according her website.

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