such a widespread problem in Mexico and interferes so
strongly with HIV prevention efforts in the country that
health officials have launched campaigns to teach
Mexicans about homosexuality, the online news agency
Dominican Today reports. "Fighting homophobia is one
of the best ways to fight HIV," Jorge Saavedra,
of Mexico's National Center for the Prevention
and Control of HIV/AIDS, told Dominican Today.
funded by the Mexican government, has launched radio
campaigns to fight both homophobia and machismo, which
health officials say puts women at a high risk of HIV
infection. AIDS stigma runs high in the country: A
recent survey showed that 57% of respondents would not
want to live in the same house with someone who is
HIV-positive. The same survey showed that 66% would
not want to live in a house with someone who is gay.
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