Rates of HIV cases rising among New Mexico’s Latinos and youths

BY Mike Grippi

August 18 2005 11:00 PM ET

Workers at the
Camino de Vida Center for HIV Services in Las Cruces,
N.M., report seeing an increase in HIV infections among
Latinos and youths. Five of the center's 185 clients
died last year; already this year, five clients have
died, said Martin Walker, a prevention program
counselor. According to Donny Grooms, chairman of a
fund-raiser held Saturday for the center, Latinos make
up 54% of the center's caseload. The center's
goal is to raise enough money to provide medical and
psychological support, stock a food bank, and help patients
pay medical bills. Walker and a colleague are
developing a prevention outreach program they will
take to rural communities. (AP)

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