International Activist Hydeia Broadbent attends the Black Women Ending HIV event at Bardot Restaurant on January 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images)

It’s with a heavy heart that I report world-renowned HIV/AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent passed away on Tuesday (February 20).

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Her family announced her transition with the following statement:

Hydeia will be remembered for her work as a World Wide HIV/AIDS Activist.

As well as being a loving daughter, sister, aunt, godmother, family member, and friend. 

We, the family, ask for your prayers and privacy as we grieve during this difficult time.

See the announcement below.

Hydeia Broadbent

About Hydeia Broadbent 

At birth, Hydeia Broadbent was left at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, where Loren and Patricia Broadbent adopted her as an infant.

Despite being born with congenital HIV, she wasn’t diagnosed as HIV-positive with advancement to AIDS until the age of three.

Hydeia dedicated her time to spreading awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

She advocated for abstinence and safe-sex practices, emphasizing that her story serves as a cautionary tale applicable to everyone.

Hydeia’s journey as an HIV/AIDS activist began at just six years old, making appearances on national television programs such as “Oprah,” “20/20,” and “Good Morning America.”

She has been featured in esteemed publications like the New York Times, People, and Essence, and graced the cover of TV Guide in 2005.

Hydeia also shared her insights on numerous talk radio programs, including “The Michael Eric Dyson Show” and “The Tom Joyner Morning Show”.

In 2014, the Oprah Winfrey Network featured her on “Oprah’s Where Are They Now,” making her one of the most requested updates by fans.

My sincerest condolences and prayers to all who knew and loved Hydeia Broadbent.

May she rest in paradise.


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