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Latinos in the Deep South
Latinos in the deep South logo Erik Valera
Program Director

Excerpt From The Report's Executive Summary


Some 2 million Latino residents of the seven states covered by the Commission's "Deep South Project" face severe limitations in their access to health care of any sort, a major obstacle to HIV/AIDS prevention and care efforts. While immigrants encounter discrimination in daily life, states too often are stepping up restrictions designed to exclude them from government services instead of incorporating new Latino communities into public health-promotion efforts and addressing their specific needs and vulnerabilities. 

Existing AIDS prevention organizations and health departments are constrained by a severe shortage of bilingual and bicultural health professionals in the region. Despite the rise of HIV infection among Latino residents in the South, many individuals do not discover their HIV-positive status until they are too sick to benefit fully from available treatments. 

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