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

May 15, 2013

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

Latinos often speak about themselves as if they are one big family: Viva mi gente! ("Long live my people!") If we truly are a family, then we need to be more open about speaking about sexual health and HIV/AIDS. Thankfully, many Latinos in our global family have already begun that conversation, using their celebrity status to fuel the message of HIV awareness. Though not all those featured here take the label "activist" (and those that are fictional characters, of course, never could), it's important to recognize prominent Latinos who refused to stay silent about HIV/AIDS in our communities.

Some of these Latinos choose to be active by sparking dialogue around HIV/AIDS. Some spread their message through writing, some through acting, some through openly living their lives. The fictional characters among them alerted fans in several genres to a Latino presence in the HIV epidemic. Through all their examples, one message is clear: If we want our family to thrive, then our family has to stay alive; and fighting HIV/AIDS -- which disproportionately affects Latinos -- needs to be high on our list of priorities.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Yaeger Fri., Jul. 31, 2015 at 12:11 am EDT
Oh my how things have really changed, that it has become almost fashionable to be hiv positive. I remember when the disease first came to be, and where I was when I heard about this unknown disease, where it seemed that many people were dying around me.Was I scared of course who was not. But as some people I knew were passing over with this disease I still went to see them in the hospitals as often as I could. I think they really appreciated that about me, that fear never stopped me from going to see my friends, and associates on the bus. Therefore, I treated them the way I would have wanted to have been treated. But I really thought by now there would be a cure for the disease.
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Comment by: Anonymous Sat., Jul. 11, 2015 at 8:19 am EDT
Hola me hize la prueba hace dos crmanas pero me comenzo el sangrado despues paro y ahora otra ves tengo un poco de dolor en la caders y un poco enfrente y me hago la prueba muchas veces mas y sale positiva no se que hacer
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Comment by: Miguel (El Centro Ca,) Sat., Jul. 12, 2014 at 10:57 am EDT
I am 52 years old and want to find a woman who is HIV positive. Recommend places to contact me. Thank you
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Comment by: OhioMan (Alliance, Ohio) Wed., Jun. 19, 2013 at 11:20 am EDT
I recall Pedro quite well...I was living in Los Angeles at the time and HIV was so new and scary. Pedro was an Idol to us all and helped to explain this horrible illness...Thanks Pedro..
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Comment by: Marta L. (richmond va) Sun., May. 26, 2013 at 12:23 am EDT
my soul can take it it is my body that fails me some times I am 63 years old and hope to live some more don't know how many more. I fell very happy and some times so sad is all part of the prossees . learn to take it one day at a time.
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