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Latinas & HIV

Summer 1998

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

"Latinas Trail In Screening for HIV". Los Angeles Times Online (05/ 29/98); Marquis, Julie.

The Latino Coalition for a Healthy California has reported that Hispanic Women in California are less likely to get early testing for HIV, breast and cervical cancers, and high blood pressure. The agency noted that the women have less access to health care, since many of the women do not receive health coverage through their employment.


Coverage

According to the report, less than half the Hispanic women in California have health care coverage. They also tend to under use prenatal care services, which can offer a chance for tuberculosis, gonorrhea, and HIV screening.

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Immigrants

While undocumented immigrants are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage, many have been afraid to use the services since the passage of welfare reform and Proposition 187, according to the Community Clinic Association in Los Angeles County.


If You are HIV Positive

If you are HIV positive, don't be afraid to get help. There are many agencies that are able to address your concerns. Please see listings. Call the Women Alive hot line for more information: 800.554.4876


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Latinas y el VIH

Los Angeles Times

La Coalicion Latina Para una California Saludable a reportado que las mujeres hispanas de California tienen menos posibilidades de hacerse la prueba temprana del VIH, cáncer del seno y cervical además de la presión alta. La agencia notó que las mujeres no tienen acseso a cuidado médico, ya que muchas de las mujeres no reciben cobertura médica por medio de sus trabajos.

De acuerdo al reporte, menos de la mitad de las mujeres hispanas que residen en California tienen seguro médico. También usan menos de lo requerido los servicios de cuidado prenatal, que ofrece una oportunidad para las pruebas de tuberculosis, gonnorrea y VIH.


Imigrantes

Mientras los imigrantes indocumentados son elegibles para Medi-Cal, muchos han tenido miedo de usar el servicio desde que paso la reforma del "Welfare" y la proposisión 187, de acuerdo a Community Clinic Assosietion en el condado de L.A..


Si Eres VIH Positiva

Si eres VIH positiva, no tengas miedo de buscarayuda. Hay muchas agendas que pueden ayudarte con tus preguntas. Por favor busca en la pagina 17 las opciones disponibles. Puedes llamar a la linea de intormacion de Women Alive al 1.800.554.4876.


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A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!



  
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This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.
 
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