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Hydeia Broadbent            

AIDS Activist & Advocate

Hydeia Broadbent was adopted after being abandoned at the hospital at birth. She was diagnosed as HIV-positive at age three and then developed AIDS two years later. The prognosis was that she would not live past the age of five. Now more than 20 years later, Broadbent spends her time spreading the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention by promoting abstinence, safe-sex practices, and the initiative Knowing Your HIV/AIDS Status.

Broadbent began her debut as an HIV/AIDS activist and public speaker at six years old. Since then, she has appeared on many national television programs including Katie, Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America, Weekly with Ed Gordon, and A Conversation with Magic Johnson on Nickelodeon. She has been featured in prominent publications, including The New York Times, Teen People, Essence, YM, Ebony, Health Quest, Sister to Sister, POZ, National Geographic, Real Health, Seventeen, and Heart & Soul.

Hydeia Broadbent is a distinguished international public speaker and HIV/AIDS activist with a mission to educate people of all ages. 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.

Speech Topics

Speech Topics

  • Self Empowerment & Positive Living
  • The Changing Face of AIDS
  • Informed Decision Making


Hydeia Broadbent, ‘Oprah Show’ Guest With AIDS, Shares What Life Is Like 18 Years After Her Appearance (VIDEO)
In 1996, 11-year-old Hydeia Broadbent appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to talk about living with AIDS. Born HIV-positive, the young girl opened up about her experience in a candid, emotional and memorable interview that many “Oprah Show” viewers were unable to forget...
Activist brings HIV/AIDS Awareness to the campus
For the observation of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, activist Hydeia Broadbent, visited Florida A&M University on Tuesday, at the College of Pharmacy Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium to speak to students about the importance of prevention...
ESSENCE Network: AIDS Activist Hydeia Broadbent on Life, Love and the end of HIV
After being born with HIV and adopted soon after, Hydeia Broadbent began a career as a speaker and AIDS activist at age 6. She went on to capture the hearts of the world from Oprah Winfrey’s couch to the pages of ESSENCE humanizing the HIV epidemic in the 90s. Now at 30, Broadbent continues to share a message of awareness and prevention, and encourages you to rock your red pumps this Tuesday, March 10th for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. See what gift Winfrey shared with her backstage and her special message for you...

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