Washington Post Examines HIV/AIDS Among Hispanics in U.S.
July 23, 2008
HIV/AIDS among the Hispanic community in the U.S. is reaching what some public health experts are calling a "simmering public health crisis," the Washington Post reports.
Frank Galvan of the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science said that the U.S. needs to "make a dent" in reducing HIV/AIDS among Hispanics or the epidemic "will continue to spread to other populations." Oscar De La O, president of the Hispanic service group Bienestar, said U.S. officials "need to stop downplaying or ignoring what's happening among" Hispanics. De La O added that he is concerned U.S. immigration policies toward HIV-positive people will create "another underground in which [HIV-positive] people cannot access treatment but will not leave the country."
According to the Post, the "nexus of AIDS and migration" will "gain fresh prominence" next month at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. "Migrants tend to be lonely, separated from their family or partners," Dominguez said, adding, "They do not have health insurance. They may turn to drugs or alcohol. All of these put a migrant at higher risk."
This Post story also profiles Hispanics affected by HIV/AIDS in the U.S. The article was supported by a Kaiser Family Foundation mini reporting fellowship (Connolly, Washington Post, 7/23). In addition, a second Post article profiled the group La Clinica del Pueblo and its efforts to provide HIV education and prevention to Hispanics living in the district (Constable, Washington Post, 7/23).
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