QUESTION 2: Do you believe the Latino community faces added difficulties because of language barriers, cultural taboos, or immigration issues?
Accessible and affordable quality health care services (including sexual and reproductive health, mental health, and primary care services) and education, as well as having culturally-responsive systems of care would go a long way in addressing HIV in Latino communities.
QUESTION 3: What are some of the greatest barriers to identifying and treating HIV/AIDS in the Latino community?
The greatest barriers in identifying and treating HIV/AIDS in the Latino community are found at the broader social and structural levels of society. The “basics” are key – having health insurance & being able to access quality health care services that are culturally-responsive in a timely manner. Stigma and discrimination also play a role – at both the individual and community level. But stigma and discrimination are also perpetrated by health care providers, educators, law-enforcement officials, and policy-makers.