NewsMexico (10.30.01) - Wednesday, October 31, 2001
A new program, "Women and the HIV Virus," offered through the
Binational Committee against AIDS, offers Hispanic women who
live in Imperial County, Calif., and Mexicali, Mexico, access
to HIV prevention information and free medical analysis in
cooperation with area hospitals and medical centers.
"We want to focus on women from both sides of the border, in
the Imperial valley and Mexicali, because many US Hispanics,
like those in the Mexico region, register high indices of
contracting AIDS," said Dr. Arturo Hernandez, coordinator of
The project intends to help women understand their
vulnerability to HIV "even if they have one partner" and to
inform them that "there are many preventative public programs
that can help reduce those risks," Hernandez explained.
According to the CDC, at the end of 1999 there were 24,802
Hispanic women who tested HIV-positive. In the United States,
15 out of every 100,000 Hispanic women have AIDS. This is
seven times higher than statistics for white women. In Mexico,
in the state of Baja California, 112 women out of every
100,000 women have the illness.