HIV in a Mexican prison

Mexico City Journal – Lifting the Veil on AIDS in a Mexican Prison – NYTimes.com

This article from the New York Times discusses the secret hazards of HIV/AIDS “at the over-packed Oriente prison on the outskirts of the Mexican capital.”

Risky behaviors abound in this setting, but are typically denied or downplayed by officials.  Sex between men, prostitution, and the use of dirty needles for drug injection and tattooing pose serious threats to inmates, many of whom remain largely ignorant of the facts about the disease.  According to the article, “The risk is significant enough that an American organization, Population Services International, has set up an AIDS awareness program inside this and four other Mexican lockups.”

The article looks at some of the causes of high HIV rates in prisons, as well as prevention efforts led by inmate peer-educators.

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~ by h.e.g. on August 31, 2008.

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