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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Radio Program to Spread Message on STDs
Margarita Martin-Hidalgo
October 8, 2003
Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (10.06.03) - Wednesday, October 08,

Spanish-speaking residents of Polk County, Fla., tuning in to local radio station WSIR this Thursday evening will get an earful about HIV and other STDs. County Health Department officials hope to reach as many people as possible - particularly Polk's farm workers - by taking their prevention messages to the airwaves in Spanish. The department's HIV and STD prevention unit will conduct a live radio broadcast from the Winter Haven-based WSIR, 1490 AM, from 8-9:30 p.m. Airing one week before Hispanic HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on October 15, the program will feature HIV outreach worker Catalina Mondragon and STD Program Manager Frances Pinero answering questions. Mondragon, a former farm worker who works closely with migrant communities, said reaching farm workers is critical because many of them come from countries where information about STDs is scant at best.