Mexico Launches Program to Educate Migrant Workers About HIV/AIDS Risks
The Mexican government on Saturday launched a health education program designed to lower the number of migrant workers who contract HIV in the United States and then spread it in their local communities upon their return, the Associated Press reports. The Migrant Health Plan will include radio and television ads describing how the virus is transmitted and methods of prevention. The plan is also considering distributing condoms to migrant workers in rural communities. Felipe de Jesus Preciado, Mexico's head of immigration, said, "The level of AIDS in some communities with returning migrants is alarming. There are communities with an infection level five [times] the national average" (Associated Press, 9/8).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.