Hydeia Broadbent debut as a HIV/AIDS activist and public speaker began at the age of six. By the age of 12 she was appearing on national television programs including Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America and “A Conversation with Magic Johnson”. Over the next 10 years Hydeia became a notable speaker and guest panelist at some of America’s most respected educational institutions: Duke University, Clark Atlanta University, UCLA, USC, and Howard University. Since 1996, she has been featured in some of today’s most prominent publications and television programs that include: Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, New York Times, POZ Magazine, Seventeen, Heart & Soul, Nickelodeon, MTV, and BET. To her credit, she has also been honored with an American Red Cross Spirit Award and a 1999 Essence Award. Hydeia has also been a featured speaker for the International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada, in 2006. She also had the honor of speaking at the 2007 Essence Music Festival and 2007 Bishop TD Jakes first Aids Rally at the Potter’s House in Dallas, TX.
Ebony Magazine named Hydeia as one of the Most Influential African Americans in a list of a 150 people in 2008. Hydeia has also been a part of some of America’s top talk radio programs include but not limited to Russ Parr Morning Show and The Tom Joyner Morning Show.
She also took part in the first Satellite Radio programs dealing with HIV/AIDS. Just recently (March 2010) she 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.
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 25, Broadbent spends her time spreading the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention by promoting abstinence, safe sex practices for people who chose to have sex and “Knowing Your HIV/AIDS Status”.
“People think because I was born with HIV my story does not apply to them. Well this same disease I am living with is the same disease you can get if you don’t practice abstinence or safe sex. I ask people to use my testimony as a warning of what you don’t want to go through.”
- Hydeia Broadbent
Today, Hydeia is a distinguished international public speaker and HIV/AIDS activist with a mission to educate the women of all ages, but especially young girls within the age demographic of 13 - 21. 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 CANNOT allow anyone the power to make that choice for us!”