California: AIDS Project Spreads Prevention Message in Watsonville
October 14, 2008
On Friday, HIV prevention workers hosted a health fair targeting Latinos in Watsonville's City Plaza. The event, held ahead of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, offered free testing, prevention education, and entertainment.
Women often do not feel comfortable taking the lead in practicing safe sex, said Veja. "Sometimes there's this machismo thing that men aren't supposed to wear condoms," he noted. "We've also got men coming in straight from Mexico who never had sex education, who don't know what a condom is."
HIV outreach to Latinos is critical given their disproportionate rates of the disease, said Socorro Gutierrez, health services manager for the Santa Cruz County health department. Of the roughly 10 people diagnosed with HIV last year by county health workers, about a third were Latino.
San Jose Mercury News
10.11.2008; Roger Sideman
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