January 27, 2004

Importing Ignorance: AIDS and Immigration
87% of HIV Patients in L.A. County from Mexico & Central America

Ignorance Cited as Reason...
The study examined differences in HIV seroprevalence and the likely timing of HIV infection by birth region. It analyzed unlinked HIV antibody data on 61 120 specimens from 7 public health centers in Los Angeles County from 1993 to 1999. Most (87%) immigrant HIV clients were Central American/Mexican born. The relatively young age at arrival and long time since arrival for HIV positive foreign-born clients suggest that most were infected after immigration. The study said that among many immigrant groups has shown deficiencies in HIV/AIDS knowledge, lack of access to health care, and delays in accessing HIV-related testing and care.
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