Unique Challenges in Fight Against AIDS Among Latinos in No. VA | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Unique Challenges in Fight Against AIDS Among Latinos in No. VA

Play associated audio

Health agencies across our region are marking National Latino AIDS Awareness Day today.

Health workers and educators in Northern Virginia say the fight against HIV/AIDS in their Latino communities may be even harder than it is within the DC city limits

Yvonne Williams is the executive director of K.I. Services a non profit health agency working across Northern Virginia. She says one thing has remained constant in her 7-year quest to get more Latinos tested for HIV/AIDS.

"People don't want to come in because they think they're going to get deported," she says.

Felisa Baptista a health counselor for Alexandria's Health department says a bigger issue for Latinos in Northern Virginia suburbs is getting to treatment centers once they decide to get tested.

Baptista, who's been working with Alexandria for 15 years says now she sees Latinos walking into health clinics and asking for condoms something they never did when she first started working there.

Many people who works with Latino populations say data is unreliable because undocumented residents are, well, undocumented.

But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Latinos, who make up 13 percent of the population, make up 18 percent of all new AIDS cases.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

NPR

A Punch Line In The U.S., Christmas Fruitcake Is Big In Calcutta

Seen as indestructible in the West, fruitcakes are indispensable in the bustling Hindu city. Bakers of all faiths have the ovens running round the clock to feed Calcutta's appetite for the cakes.
NPR

Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk

Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.
NPR

What To Expect In The 2016 Presidential Announcement Season

With Jeb Bush signaling he's likely to run for president in 2016, it's another sign that the presidential announcement season is underway. Here's a look at who has jumped in the race early and what to expect in the coming months.
NPR

2014 Hashtags: #BringBackOurGirls Made Nigerian Schoolgirls All Of 'Ours'

As part of a series on hashtag activism in 2014, Audie Cornish speaks with Obiageli Ezekwesili of the Open Society Foundation. Ezekwesili was one of the early promoters of the hashtag #bringbackourgirls, about schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria in April.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.