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Roundtable Discussions

In order to dig deeper into the HIV-related issues that affect Latinos, we created these exclusive roundtable discussions with HIV experts from around the country.

HIV/AIDS and Latinas: What's Gender Got to Do With It?

HIV/AIDS and Latinas: What's Gender Got to Do With It?
Part One (En Español)
Part Two (En Español)

In an exclusive, roundtable discussion, Zayda Riveria -- journalist and media strategist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- sat down with Susan Rodriguez, co-founder, Sisterhood Mobilized for AIDS/HIV Research and Treatment (SMART) University; Bianca Lopez, Community Coordinator for Adolescent AIDS; and Maria T. Mejia, activist and blogger for, to discuss how gender inequality make Latinas vulnerable to contracting HIV, prevention obstacles and how language can serve as a barrier to treatment and information.

HIV/AIDS and Latinas: What's Gender Got to Do With It?

The Rising Rates of HIV Among Black and Latino Men: What's Going On?

In an exclusive, roundtable discussion, Kenyon Farrow -- activist and journalist -- sat down with Vaughn Taylor-Akutagawa, Deputy Executive Director of Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD); Sheldon Fields, an associate professor of nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in the School of Nursing; and Francisco Roque, the Director of Community Health at Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), to discuss what is being done right, what is going terribly wrong and what is being overlooked in terms of HIV/AIDS prevention, education, treatment and testing for MSM.

Word on the Street

HIV activists and health professionals share their thoughts on the most pressing issues impacting the Latino HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Experiences Disclosing One's HIV Status

It's been said that the intense focus on privacy in many Latino communities creates a "veil of secrecy" around HIV, making it profoundly difficult for many individuals to be open about their status. Here, Latinos living with HIV/AIDS--from all walks of life--share their experiences telling others they're HIV positive -- sometimes with unexpected results.

Bernadette Berzoza

Bernadette Berzoza, Denver, Colo.; Diagnosed in 1989

When I told a friend I was HIV positive, she got up off the chair and hugged me. I think at that time, that's all I needed. I needed to see that -- even though I had this dreaded disease that everyone was saying was so terrible, and only bad people got -- I could still get some affection, care or concern from somebody else.

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En Español

What Is the Craziest Myth You've Heard About HIV/AIDS?

People living with and working in HIV are also front-line witnesses to the prevalence of HIV myths -- even now, after decades of information and education around HIV. We've asked scores of people from the Latino community to share some of the most colorful, unsettling myths they've heard.

Michael Rivera

Michael Rivera, Latino Community Services, Hartford, Conn.

The craziest myth from way back in the day, when this thing started: You can catch HIV from eating from a person's plate, or drinking from their glass -- and 30 years later, it still exists. I still hear newly diagnosed people talking about that at home they are serving them on paper plates, still. And they don't want to share the towels and all this stuff -- people being rejected by family and loved ones, and at workplaces, because of a disease.

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En Español

Recently Diagnosed With HIV? Latino/a Community Members Share Their Advice

Dealing with an HIV diagnosis on top of all of life's other challenges may seem too daunting a task to face. There's a huge community out there doing it every day, though, so to those who are recently diagnosed, you are certainly not alone. Read on for samplings of wisdom from the many Latinos living with or affected by HIV throughout the U.S. who have shared advice for coping with a recent HIV diagnosis.


Lucia, California; Diagnosed in 1989

Don't give up! Educate yourself -- this is extremely important. Find something that appeals to your psyche, to your inner peace, to help you deal with the information you will be getting, because some of it will be scary as hell. If you have something inside you that keeps you calm, you will navigate through things beautifully.

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En Español

Reports & Articles

HIV & Me

HIV & Me: A Guide to Living With HIV for Hispanics

This easy-to-read guide from provides the basics of living with HIV for Latinos.

En Español

Addressing the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Latinos in America

Addressing the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Latinos in America

HIV/AIDS is a "brown disease" too. But are we giving the fastest-growing population in the U.S. the attention that it deserves?

Yo Soy...

A Series Without Shame: Episodes and Interviews From HIV-Focused Telenovela Sin Vergüenza

The classic, persistent themes of Spanish-language soap operas, also known as telenovelas, get a refreshing, enthralling update in Sin Vergüenza (Without Shame), the new telenovela that is taking the Internet by storm. Presented in English as well as Spanish, and imagined and realized by California's vast AltaMed health care network, the project is a unique endeavor: It combines a fresh narrative format with the ability to tackle real-world issues such as HIV, stigma, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) issues, family issues, infidelity, shame, aging, dating and more. Read conversations with key actors, producers and the director on this groundbreaking project; and watch the actual Sin Vergüenza episodes that accompany each article.

Yo Soy...

Photo Essay: Latinas Living With HIV

While in Argentina, freelance photographer Caitlin M. Kelly was shocked at how little HIV was talked about by women. To break down this wall and combat stigma, she created "'I am ...' Women Living With HIV."

En Español

Viva Mi Gente!

Viva Mi Gente!: 12 Latino Celebrities and Characters Who Thrust HIV/AIDS Into Popular Culture

It's important to recognize prominent Latinos who refused to stay silent about HIV/AIDS in our communities. Whether through writing, acting, singing or even if they were fictional, they alerted the culture to the Latino presence in the HIV epidemic.



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