Screenshot courtesy of CNN | Hydeia Broadbent was born HIV-positive and became an outspoken activist for children living with HIV/AIDS. Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle/Getty Images

Hydeia Broadbent, AIDS activist, dies at age 39

Hydeia Broadbent, known for raising awareness for HIV/AIDS since she was a young child, has died, her father said on Facebook. She was 39 years old.

“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. Despite facing numerous challenges throughout her life, Hydeia remained determined to spread hope and positivity through education around HIV/AIDS,” Loren Broadbent said in his post.

Hydeia was six weeks old when she was taken in by Loren and Patricia Broadbent after being abandoned at a Las Vegas hospital by her biological mother, CNN previously reported.

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