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Mexico Fights AIDS by Fighting Stereotypes

Mexico has one of the lowest HIV-infection rates in all of Latin America, at 0.3 percent of the adult population. Unfortunately, the low rate doesn't apply to sex workers or men who have sex with men. Fifteen percent of gay men in Mexico are infected, and sex workers, whose profession is legal in Mexico, often must decide between using protection or making more money without, either way gambling with their survival.

NPR recently spoke with those trying to improve the situation in Mexico by reducing the stigma. They say it's hard to get sex workers to talk about protection, since an environment of poverty and distrust makes them suspect that those offering condoms want something in return.

As for helping the gay community, Mexico has launched TV and radio ads directed at reducing homophobia. As a result of discrimination, men who have sex with men are sometimes excluded from HIV prevention and care services. Hopefully the example set by Mexico, which hosted the Worlds AIDS Conference last month, can help other countries provide care and prevention tools to populations at greater risk of infection.


bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
mental filters --I think people say exactly how they feel.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
I do believe that some people do not have the mental filter that they should have to block something that stupid from coming out in the open.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
wow....just wow
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Sometimes, before my coffee has taken effect, I can't find the words to describe what I'm thinking. So I'll just do this :o
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
AIDS town???? :rotfl:
em1282 em1282 9 years
Actually, I think the discrimination aspect also does help to reduce the spread of the disease, since it would also provide for other types of education for people. I think the line of thought is, lessening of discrimination = more care and education for people who may be at a higher risk for the disease = decrease in the spread of the disease. Again, that's just how I see it and how I believe the post states it as it is. I don't disagree with your assesment of not engaging in certain activities, but, well, gay people are gonna have sex, some of that sex is gonna be unprotected (same thing goes for heterosexuals), so might as well talk about how precautions can be taken.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Maybe, but the bottom line is if you don't engage in high risk activities (Don't have multiple partners, don't hire hookers, don't engage in homosexual activities), you have a significantly lower chance of getting this disease. The discrimination aspect isn't about stopping the spread, but treating those who are already infected. I just don't get it.
em1282 em1282 9 years
I think the post pointed out that fighting homophobia/fighting stereotypes will help to make AIDS education a bit more inclusive. As in, perhaps if people are a bit more educated on certain demographics (who are discriminated against), then they will be able to provide these groups with the care they need instead of overlooking them due to their own prejudices/fears. At least, that's what I think the post is saying.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
unDave --the voice of reason.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
i disagree with the rest of meta's comments, but I gotta admit I agree. How is fighting a stereotype going to fight the spread of aids?
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
lol i felt bad i thought i offended you, i usually look past new members i read the comment but not the name, lol
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
lol, pink. I don't live there. I was referring to actually member - matamoros. :lol:
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
bella you live in matamoros i have three good friends that came from matamoros, i doubt my fiance thinks they should have their own town :wink: if that is what you were implying
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
pinkprincess1101, maybe he thinks that we should have separate towns for everyone. I wonder if we can visit others in those towns or will it just be a webcam type of communications.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
bella, matamoros scares me lol, my fiance's family is from down in the valley here in texas, mcallen, edinburg, donna and so on but matamoros was never allowed
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Matamoros, Can we still get taxes from the town?
em1282 em1282 9 years
;) Love the avatar, pinkprincess. Brings back all the feelings of love I have for NY...
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
lmfao em1282
em1282 em1282 9 years
"AIDS town"? Is that next to "Delusional people who don't have a clue about the modern world" town, right on "It's Not Like AIDS Can Be Caught By Saying Hello To Someone Who Lives With The Disease" road, past the "Women Don't Really Like To Be Called Chicks" river?
amybdk amybdk 9 years
"lock them up in an AIDS town" Now THERE'S an idea... :MOB:
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
well - aside from the scare tactics that can be used - i think that it's nice to see that overall Mexico is doing something right. it's a shame that they are trying to keep certain groups from getting the education/treatment/testing that they need just because of their orientation or profession. doesn't it make you wonder if we're actually making any progress in evolving as people?
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
mich i wanted to say something but i just :oy: aids town wtf are you serious and throw them like animals to fend for themselves
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Yes, Michelin, it's a fact-that is how you limit the people with AIDS. It's all about quarantined and let them fend for themselves.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
I know nobody would seriously suggest creating an "AIDS town".
Matamoros Matamoros 9 years
How is 'reducing homophobia' supposed to help? If people are afraid of homosexuals, they will stay away from them, thus reducing their risk of infection! Avoiding contact with a high risk population is beneficial to ones' health. The sex worker chicks have it tough though. If they quarantined the people with AIDS, this awful disease could be stopped in its tracks! Even if they only grabbed the ones who visit sex-workers. Catch them having sex with a hooker, and lock them up in an AIDS town. Then they could do whatever they pleased and not risk spreading this plague to the rest of us.
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