Thursday, January 05, 2006

AIDS in Honduras

This is a reprint of an excellent article series that first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

The human immunodeficiency virus has in recent years emerged as the primary cause of death among childbearing-age women in Honduras and, after violence, the second leading cause of hospitalization among adults.

With 5.5 percent of its population infected, San Pedro Sula, the country's second largest city and a busy commercial hub near Puerto Cortez, Central America's largest port, has emerged as the region's AIDS capital.

In Honduras, which has a population of about 7 million, the prevalence of the disease is estimated at 1.8 percent, one of the highest in the hemisphere. The figure is based on the number of cases reported to government officials, which Honduran epidemiologists say is far less than the real figure.

Four of the five Latin American countries with the highest prevalence of HIV are in Central America - a trend that experts say shows no signs of waning.

Although Central America's HIV epidemic is not nearly as widespread as sub-Saharan Africa's, its ripple effects pose a growing threat to the stability and livelihood of a region increasingly tied to the United States because of record migration and a newly signed free-trade agreement.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to build the fence or us American taxpayers are going to be supporting all these health refugees and importing an even larger, and frighteningly heterosexual, AIDS problem at the same time.

Conservatives often make the argument that Hispanics, with their strong Catholic family values, are a natural fit for the Republican Party. AIDS is a social disease that doesn't spread in an environment that really practices these values. We don't see much of it in our "Red States". I suspect that in practice, these values are much weaker then we are usually told and that they only get lip service on Sunday.

1/05/2006 9:27 AM  

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