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Kecia Johnson using AIDS diagnosis to help her community
Kecia Johnson using AIDS diagnosis to help her community

ATLANTA -- Most people find it strange how peaceful Kecia Johnson is living with a disease the world frowns upon.

Kecia grew up with a good family, she went to college, and she got a bachelor's degree. Everything you would expect to happen to someone with great family support was happening in Kecia’s life. Until one day Kecia fell sick and was told she had AIDS -- not HIV.

Kecia was 22 years old when she found out. She had mixed emotions, and the negative opinions of others caused Kecia to hide her diagnosis for two years from her family, including her mother Dr. Wendy Johnson. After time Kecia realized that God’s purpose in this was not to make her less of a woman, but to make her more of a woman because she was the shining light to stop the stigma of what society think AIDS should look like or come from.

Despite what most would call a bad situation, Kecia continues live ambitiously and determined to reach her goals. She has nine years of talent management under her belt. Some of her work has been for major record labels such as Def Jam, SoSo Def, and Slip N Slide records.

Kecia has taken on the role of being a full-time activist; her priority is raising HIV/AIDS awareness through music and entertainment avenues. She travels the nation telling her story, providing empowerment, motivation, and education at conferences, colleges, events, and high schools.

This past World AIDS Day Kecia presented a social media pledge to increase AIDS awareness and encourage people to get tested. This pledge reached over a million people through shares and repost from many supporters, including VH1’s Shekinah Jo, R&B Singer Case, Funky Dineva, Michael Keith of former group 112, and many more. She has been featured in Upscale magazine, 97.9 The Box Houston, WEEN Academy, POZ, and more.

Kecia’s greatest accomplishment is the release of her memoir, Dying To Be D.I.V.A. Kecia is very much a “D.I.V.A.” -- Doing It Victoriously Alone -- and her book is sharing a story that most won’t tell.

Kecia states, “You need to know that the disease is nothing like it use to be and everyone with the disease has been chosen for a higher purpose.”   

To learn more, visit www.iamkeciaj.com or follow Kecia @iamkeciaj.