Using deities to teach AIDS info
Our Lady of Guadalupe, the holiest of Mexican images, dates from the 16th century.
Among her modern blessings:encouraging immigrants from Mexico to discuss sex and HIV.
Mexicans arriving in the U.S. [often] don't know much about HIV, says Javier Soriano who created the New York City-based Mexicanos Unidos to help fix that.
Using the image of Our Lady on the group's website eases people's fears. Soriano says, and [helps start]a conversation about HIV and sex.
Another familiar face on the group's website; their health ambassador.
Mexican pop star Bibyanna(see her at mexicanosunidos.org/video7.html)
Bibyanna also promotes HIV prevention on her weekly radio show.
This past summer, Soriano's project visited every Mexican health group in New York City, hosting workshops on HIV/AIDS,other STDs and fighting homophobia offering many immigrants their very first stateside session on sex education.
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