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When We Talk About HIV, Who Are We Not Talking About Enough?

November 15, 2013


Steven-Emmanuel Martinez

Steven-Emmanuel Martinez

AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, New York City

I think we're not talking enough about immigrant communities. I was just talking to this woman from this organization called Farmworker Justice, which is located in Washington, D.C. And Farmworker Justice works specifically in rural communities, particularly with Latino immigrants in rural communities, and how Latino immigrants are being infected with HIV got me thinking about how we are not paying attention to the needs of immigrants. Some of them come here without a dime, they may be forced into sex work, men come here months ahead of their wives and children and we have this "machismo" culture, so they might have relations with other women.

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