Tangy Major was raised in the church, she loved The Lord and had big plans to live her life on purpose. But in 1989, at the age of 23 Tangy became pregnant, unknowingly contracted HIV and transmitted it to her unborn child. Six months after she gave birth, she buried her son, and seven years later she buried the young man who became her husband. Tangy was HIV positive, childless and was a widow all before the age of 28.
The two most important people in her life – her son and her husband had died of AIDS and for a brief period, she had resigned herself to die quietly in their wake. It would appear as though she too would become a victim of the unforgiving and relentless disease that ravages the body and weakens the soul. But one dark pivotal moment changed the course of her life forever.
HIV/AIDS had taken almost everything she had – but the one thing it couldn’t take was her faith. Today, Tangy is married to an HIV negative man Marvin Major who adores her. Marvin and Tangy have a beautiful baby girl named Kayla C. Major, who is by the grace of God, HIV negative. Currently, Tangy is a high school guidance counselor and she ministers and sings of the promises that life holds.
Although Tangy refused to succumb to HIV as a victim —but rather overcome it as a victor— her journey has not been an easy one. She endured years of pain, shame, stigma, and fear that so many African American women living with HIV face in isolation and silence. However, Tangy believes that this disease is part of the purpose and plan that was established for her life long before she was even born. With this knowledge, her courage and determination to prevent another young woman or young man from contracting HIV are what motivates her to press on.