Breaking The Silence On HIV Stigma

he Palm Beach County Community Services Department, the Ryan White Program and the City of West Palm Beach invite the public to a free event, “Breaking the Silence,” a conversation on overcoming HIV stigma, on Thursday, July 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will be held at the Lake Pavilion, located at 101 S. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.

The event will kick off with an opening reception, lite bites, mocktails and a meet-n-greet, followed by special guest Hydeia Broadbent, an award-winning humanitarian and HIV/AIDS activist, as she shares her journey as someone living with HIV and how to overcome the stigma often associated with it.

Broadbent has appeared on many national television programs, including Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America and “A Conversation with Magic Johnson” on Nickelodeon.

“People think because I was born with HIV, my story does not apply to them,” Broadbent explained. “Well, this same disease I am living with is the same disease you can get if you are not aware and informed. I use my testimony as a warning of what you don’t want to go through.”

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