Skip to comments.AIDS Activists: 'Fear of Trump Policies' May Cause HIV Rates to Rise Among Latinos
Posted on 10/17/2018 11:49:25 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
An HIV/AIDS group, whose board of advisers includes doctors from some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the country, says that "fear of Trump policies" may be a factor in the rising rate of HIV in Latino homosexual men. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS; 68% of new HIV infections in the United States occur in homosexual and bisexual men.
"The Body, The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource" is a service of Remedy Health Media in New York City, and it states that part of its mission is to "demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment" and "use the Web to lower barriers between patients and clinicians."
On Oct. 15, 2018, The Body published an article with the headline, "Fear of Trump May Drive Rising HIV Rates in Latinx Gay Men." Latinx is the "gender-neutral" term for Latino.
The article talks about a 45-year-old gay man, "Daniel," who fled socialist Venezuela to live in Miami and get HIV treatment under the Ryan White CARE Act/AIDS Drug Assistance Program. The article also discusses how legal and illegal Latino immigrants deal with the pressures of the Trump administration's immigration policies and how those policies apparently fuel "extreme stress and anxiety."
"Daniel is now among countless HIV-positive Latinx immigrant men who have sex with men (MSM) living in the U.S., some documented, some not," reads the article. "They're part of a larger population of Latinx MSM, among whom the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported recently that HIV rates were rising, even as they were dropping slightly among white MSM and remaining stable (although disproportionately high) among black MSM."
"But as the Trump administration cracks down on immigrants, advocates say that such a climate makes reversing HIV rates in Latinx gay men all the harder," the article states.
"That is not to say that Latinx MSM's HIV rates are rising because of immigrants, according to Oscar Lopez of Valley AIDS Council, in the Texas border town of Brownsville, which serves about 2,000 HIV-positive clients," according to The Body.
"'These rates have been climbing for multiple years,' he says," in the story. "'But I think fears around deportation and racism toward immigrants, feeling unsafe, and the stress of having to provide for your family all contribute toward poor mental health and the potential to abuse substances and expose yourself to HIV.'"
"'We're starting to see this definite pattern' around Latinx MSM immigrants, he says," in the article.
"In the Trump era, amid a string of hostile policies toward immigrants, MSM are certainly not the only Latinx people or immigrants experiencing extreme stress and anxiety," claims the report.
A "new stressor," according to the story is a proposed Trump administration rule "that would make it harder for documented immigrants to get green cards if they receive public assistance, including Medicaid, food stamps, and housing subsidies."
The rule, if implemented, "would certainly include documented Latinx MSM who rely on these programs for themselves or their family members," reads the article.
Further, Luis Scaccabarrozzi, vice president of the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA), is quoted: "In the first months of the Trump administration, he says, 'We saw a rise in calls from people with HIV in [immigration] detention centers, mostly in California and Texas, who said they weren't getting their HIV meds. They knew they were being deported.' Unlike in the Obama administration, he says, 'ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] had been waiting for them as they exited their political asylum hearings.'"
The article also quotes Stephen Fallon, executive director of Latinos Salud: "'First, we have guys coming here HIV-negative from homophobic countries who've lived closeted most of their lives. It's exhilarating to be out and gay here, but sometimes they're exploited in the sex-for-security trade and economic insecurity leads them to compromising decisions' resulting in HIV acquisition."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behavior for HIV transmission.... The vast majority of men who get HIV get it through anal sex."
Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop advised that "the human rectum was just not designed" for sexual intercourse and that if one is going to engage in sex, then it should be with "the one right person ... what we call monogamy."
"...fears around deportation and racism toward immigrants, feeling unsafe, and the stress of having to provide for your family all contribute toward poor mental health and the potential to abuse substances and expose yourself to HIV.'"
The treatment: Deport illegals en masse, build a massive border wall, abolish the 1965 Immigration Act , and severely restrict LEGAL immigration. Let foreign homos be stressed about Trump in their OWN countries. We have enough here already.
Then again it might just be ignorance and stupidity.
Just how will Trump’s policies cause more buggering and and popper use?
AIDS Activists should fear God’s “policies”.
“Trump made me do it!”
You can’t “get AID’s” from fear of immigration policies.
The individual has to be cautious who they bed with or what substance they chose to shoot up into their arms.
Hey maybe closure of homosexual bars and personals sites might reduce this risk?
Huh, ya think, Senors?
That bunch always blames normal people for their self-inflicted problems.
How come everyone knows that an AIDS activist is homosexual, but we’re not supposed to say that AIDS is homosexual disease?
Read “The Myth of Heterosexual Aids.”
More” FAKE NEWS”.
... got it ...
I think we have a winner!
But heck, they blame the weather on Trump with a straight face (no pun intended) so why not this as well?
Same nonsense was tried on Reagan.
Seems like self-control and personal responsibility are not taught any longer.
"The world, the flesh and the devil" have nothing to answer for. It's all Trump, El Rey de los Diablos.
It’s not FEAR that spreads AIDS, it’s BEHAVIOR.
Nature taking its course...
You just noticed?
Latino men dipping their schlong into a man's butt hole is what causes HIV.
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