MariJo Vázquez

I have been living with HIV for over 25 years. Since my diagnosis, I have dedicated my time to working as a counsellor and peer group facilitator; to share my lived experience on HIV, gender, women’s rights and community mobilisation. I especially like meaningful conversations with communities, highlighting their strengths and competencies when faced with issues. I love communication and the deeper meaning of words, so part of my work has been around translation and editing (Spanish, English, French). I am currently teaching on the ‘expert patient’ to nursing students.

  • What would be your personal motto? Life is short: do not waste it in useless discussion.
  • On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me … aimlessly walking around my neighbourhood in Gràcia (Barcelona)
  • How do you want people to remember you? Basically as a good person. I work hard on that.
  • What do you want to make sure you do before you die? Live.