HIV Crisis on the Texas-Mexico Border

let’s go back to the day that you found
out what’s the first thing that went through your mind am I gonna die I I
really thought I was gonna die growing up no one ever mentioned HIV to
me like it wasn’t in the schools it wasn’t the conversation held at home
like I said I grew up I’m latina I grew up in a Catholic household and we’re in
Texas it’s an abstinence-only state and so that conversation wasn’t had with me
or many of my peers do you think in this community that there is an HIV crisis oh
yeah waita cries yeah it’s a crisis right now the number one group getting
infected disproportionately a young gay and bisexual men known as men who sex
with men 24 younger I could have avoided this you know I never had any classes
that taught me to protect myself or anything so I’ll just going for my
parents is a pent up gave me a whole talk that if you’re gay you’re gonna get
beeps and that stigma is so alive and thriving in the valley my name is Paula Ramos and this is Latin
ex the word Latin ex has been given a lot of different meanings in the media
but at its core it stands for all the people within the Latino community who
struggle to fit into one identity which covers a lot in this series we need to
document the most pressing racial political sexual and cultural issues
facing one of America’s fastest growing demographics so we’re here at the us-mexico border
and Brownsville where we are is one of the 34 permanent checkpoints and what
you see is this right you see a blend of two cultures two identities two
languages two countries Brownsville itself is ninety percent
Latino a lot of people a lot of immigrants come here knowing exactly
what they’re stepping into they have hopes and dreams ambitions the one thing
they don’t know is that in Brownsville in this entire region there’s a huge HIV
epidemic particularly among the Latino community the Rio Grande Valley is one
of the most politically contentious regions in the country it also happens
to be a place where HIV is affecting increasing numbers of queer Latinos
according to the CDC HIV diagnosis decline in the u.s. from
2011 to 2015 yet rates of new HIV infections for
Latino men who have sex with men have increased in the Rio Grande Valley
specifically eighty five percent of people who contract HIV are Latino and
seventy five percent of new cases are male but why we wanted to meet some of
the people being affected by this crisis and learn more about the unconventional
means they are using to do something about it
Joey vadas also known as Beatrix Lestrange started a program called drag
out HIV in 2017 to use drag as a platform to confront social stigma
head-on hi my name is Jo : Elias I am a
community organizing coordinator for by the AIDS Council and I am also trying to
as beatrix estranged so if you’re like in brownsville says
heaven XP i like will do that happy now right yes especially here in downtown
bronzo on one end you have the international bridge that goes into
Mexico and then here you have a little Mexican restaurants like family-owned
yeah literally that goes on every point debacles on everything
if you come to Brownsville Texas you’ll have buckles in every corner no that’s
something I love about the city it’s like I feel like every corner we turn
into it’s like a celebration of our culture especially even here in town
like even in terms of religion and faith and spirituality yeah like you’ll have
like the immaculate like the cathedrals and then you have like the 80s the bull
any custom or spiritual spaces that are based on like traditional Mexican folk
healing so there’s like literally a little bit for everyone here so the
spoiler there’s my building there are so many people that are dedicated to
helping our community here in the valley but I feel like there definitely is a
crisis especially because in communities of color if you’re queer bisexual your
risk for HIV is significantly higher because both of the communities that
don’t have access to proper sexual education or access to reproductive
health care or health insurance you know facing all these kinds of barriers that
essentially prevent them from even knowing how to take care of themselves
I’ve had situations where I’ve had younger people coming to get tested who
don’t even know what the term vagina is on a young age but they are still having
sex right so it’s that bad what’s the story behind drag-out HIV how was it one
drug raid HIV was kind of born out of the work that I had been doing in the
community you know what what if we did this kind of program where we get to
train other drag queens to do what I do teach them that like drag can be more
than just nightlife once we put the call out we recruited a series of nine drag
queens and then those nine Queens were given the opportunity to participate in
like four different trainings and workshops to learn about different
issues affecting the valley the directive it’s work is essentially
the same thing as a work as a tester or someone who’s doing risk reduction in
our offices it’s just in a way that’s a little bit more accessible for people I
had already been doing like amazing events for different nonprofits
pretty much like a year into that someone from Bali AIDS Council reached
out because they were interested in hosting a series of RuPaul’s Drag Race
viewing parties but what the intention of having testing staff on-site and do
like a community outreach event at the same time and they were basically
looking for someone to host and that’s why I met Oscar Lopez when I first heard
doing this work I was borderline homeless didn’t really have a lot going
on I don’t have a degree but he definitely saw something in me and he
would definitely give me that opportunity we’re going through the
valley AIDS clinic to get a sense of what is causing the HIV epidemic here in
this region oh and the Rio Grande Valley to understand why Latinos are
predominantly affected by this one of the first things that you notice is that
there’s no signage at all that this is an AIDS clinic there’s no evidence
whatsoever in the streets that you’re walking into an AIDS clinic we have to
be discreet about who we are to protect our clients so Westbrook clinic is the
name of the clinics that we operate and that’s because just having the words HIV
or Sita or or AIDS on anything er yeah it scares people
it makes them worry about who will see them coming in here when you say here
where are we like what are we seeing right now so this is our largest of all
of our sites of our three sites so we have an in-house pharmacy we have
in-house x-rays in-house dentists in-house mental health care and therapy
we developed that way because we learned the hard way that when we referred them
out to other clinics other doctors inevitably somebody would notice them
that recognize them through a remember or somebody would accidentally
help them or even in some cases purposely do so just out of ignorance
that we’re working to to make a difference to change things to make it
better Oscar grew up in the Rio Grande Valley
and has been working in the public health field since the AIDS crisis of
the 1980s HIV affected me personally because when I was living here in the
river valley when we first started to see people died from aids-related causes
my job then was to offer condoms to go out to the community to get people to
take care of their themselves in their health but my job also after work was to
recover the bodies after they died because the funeral homes wouldn’t bury
them so that forever changed who I became and have you noticed a difference
since thirty years ago is this still the same deal down the valley that you saw
back then or have things changed in a lot of ways and a lot of unfortunate
ways it’s still the same in terms of the homophobia the stigma of the disease
people are afraid to tell their family members the the way women are treated
and and and not respected and they’re not cheeseball do you think in this
community that there is an HIV crisis particularly among Latino men oh yeah
wieszczyk right yeah it’s a crisis right now the number one group getting
infected disproportionately a young gay and bisexual men known as men who sex
with men 24 in younger this does impact women that I want people to realize that
our Latino men are disproportionately infected by HIV here for the valley for
example one out of every four young Latino males will be come HIV positive
in their lifetime within the next two years so religion is obviously such a
big part of Latino culture right even walking down this hall you see crosses
don’t I see we’d kind of mighty yeah right behind me so it’s it’s it’s
present how does religion how would you say religion is playing a role and sort
of fomenting these these stigmas it continues to perpetuate that the norm is
wait til you get married that being heterosexual is ideal that anything else
then heterosexual is an abomination you’re bringing a disgrace upon the
family do the associate being at least in Latino culture being queer with
having HIV yeah that one equals the other so it is late denisita exactly and
you get what you deserve for for breaking all those rules that you know
our family does not and take a listen to your stomach and no
stomach issues is nausea vomiting diarrhea constipation stomach pains or
anything and appetites good oh please my name is Michael I’m 26
I’ve lived here my entire life I’ve been positive for about three years one on
three years was Jill did you tell people immediately or did you wait no I waited
about two days because I let it settled in with myself first I made peace with
it first before I told anybody on the first person I told was my best friend
then the second person I told was my mom did you tell your father I told her yeah
here’s what third person I told him and he felt like failures because they had
like warned me because it kind of gave me a whole talk that if you’re gay
you’re gonna get babes and that it would all come down to this would you say
among latino gay men and Latino bisexual men um do you think people are taking
care of themselves do you think people take the steps to come to these clinics
I don’t think everybody does my I mean some people are scared to run into
somebody they know I mean I I would sometimes feel scared I would I would be
scared to come over to the clinic because I’d be scared to see Daniel and
I wouldn’t want them to think anything of me or he’s having sex or anything are
people open about their HIV status are people even open about their the fact
that they’re gay there are a few people who are open about their HIV status but
that’s very few there’s not a lot of people that I know that are positive but
I assume there’s they’re out there you know Brownsville is a place steeped in Latino
culture and I can see why many Latinos feel at home here but then there’s the
undeniable machismo and while stigma surrounding queer identity and HIV isn’t
always obvious it’s still felt by many in the community we stay Campion Sally
they look Latino surveys I think I saw a guy in a bulimia sequentially ya know looking at him I wanted to know more about what it’s like
to be clear in the valley Sebastian who’s also known as Luna
Lestrange started using drag less than a year ago as a way to empower the
community through education so now where are we driving towards right now we’re
going to my grandma yeah we’re going just gonna go have like breakfast I
guess are they do they know about yes as you were growing up how did you
wouldn’t we were extreme most of the time like when I was growing up I
couldn’t understand because it was about to like boys like I was always used to
like an girl okay so then when was the moment that you decided to stop hiding
it after I came back from the army I got yeah yeah yeah and then I was like you
know what – like I don’t need to hide Who I am
especially because after I came back like three four months later I started
doing jog so what do you feel like when you put on drag when I put on like Luna
it’s like a whole process because that first is still Sebastian they’re still a
little boy underneath but as soon as like
transformed into Luna I feel like so much power it’s an amazing idea to talk
about the issues and drug because people are gonna listen they want to hear what
this big monster it has to say you know that way so you’ve always had a you’ve
always been close is that how you would describe your relationship very very
close yeah it’s kind of like we’re like stuck together from like II still don’t
believe oh yeah I’m like a big mama’s boy it’s just a bond that we have and
Erica you know in a lot of Latino families there’s always this expectation
right that the Sun not get Dean I guess had much all right that they have to
sort of grow up to be these not very exactly he’s much us is that sort of the
vision you had of Sebastian when he was a kid
no it was like whatever makes him happy that’s gonna make me happy do you think
that’s something that most Latino families think no a la cultura the you
know me I can Oh siempre es de que no a silver one tiene que ser hombre y tiene
que se las velas como era la paz pero and luckily I do peer circle of me
Horace lo que la our Feliz my Oh Sara me Feliz
you know it’s also a llama let’s have a menos we work on it see she put you on
rocky come where our VidCon costume yeah Guerrero
condo Marcia drug yeah yeah neither go Neela drag out HIV
have you been there with him no no they’ve never seen me perform I was like
it’s at night and they’re like morning people
mm-hmm you’re late almost were like a buoy nearly as here is okay okay sin
tienen el el impacto que está teniendo lo que él está siendo si como no tengo
esta effect on a la comunidad y Saluki cuando yo tenía la da de l i7 que por
atras mu normal antes normal Chevy lava media Maria de la rose’ ax y Los Dinos
ambient a second estaba la hospital que él tenía HIV each Athenian ago la Vida
Houston oysters Xavier que que él era a let’s say int efika kimono Maremma sex
wallow siempre lo you can see that the perfect marriage le haut no it’s just oh
yeah la ronde yamir mother of the day is notice it because like a lot o you see
toys yeah poor sucker yeah yeah so see post
overzealous Ramirez que no que por que no she open her on her toes yeah
ustedes no area viendo VV Durst experience yeah like como se puede
cambiar de su se puede cambiar en la manera como estamos Joey Sebastiaan
al-haram poco más con la gente a breeze más un poco elemental edad de como Dyson
del machismo Dec todos podemos un poquito se habla de esto aqui Ayanda
Kiera scar okay Rivero can you so we’re in mcallen which is actually
one of the poorest cities of America but it’s in this most unexpected background
that we’re about to go to drag out HIV which is a party that brings together
the community to empower them to motivate them and to inspire them to get
tested I do expect this to be more than just a party and actually a space we’re
really important conversations are taking place how long does it take to go
through this whole process standard beer trucks phase takes like an hour and if I
have time I’ll like go and do detailed work but stuff like drag our ATVs like a
passion project so I want to make sure that I try to look my best but I also
want to make sure that I make time for all the other stuff like running the
show and making sure the queens are on time and making sure the DJ’s on time
and making sure the space is comfortable for the queens that everyone has what
they need so tell me a little bit about what happens outside of this room what
is born walking it’s a fun way to do HIV outreach and prevention okay I mean
that’s not really that clear it is because people feel so much more
confident or they let down their wall one day see a drag performer because
sometimes being in an office in a clinic seeing all these like sexual health
messages that can be like overwhelming for people but if you’re at a bar it
just makes it so much easier for these little process and even if you’re not
here for the octave as part of it at least your senior drug show but
hopefully you left with something more than just this is just a drag show
well many Latinos who are HIV positive are still hesitant to talk publicly
about it I met one person living with a disease
who was willing to speak up about the challenges and barriers he faced my name
is Adrian Castellanos people call me Adan I’m 25 years old I’m from the Rio
Grande Valley I’m an intersectional activist and I’m HIV positive these are
all kind of taken at different times this is after I found out what what went
through your mind how do you do find out so I had been sick a few months leading
up to before I found out and they got to the point where one day I got home from
work and I collapsed at home like I just I couldn’t walk anymore my mom found me
and so she drove me to the hospital and the next day the doctor came in he kind
of like paused for a second and I was like what’s going on and he said you has
a positive for HIV but he said your HIV has progressed so we’re diagnosing you
with AIDS basically my muse is so much that he don’t like I was on my way up
why do you think it took you so long to know that you were HIV positive yeah the
health literacy level in the area and I think just in the state in general it’s
really low these conversations aren’t happening on top of that this is a
really poverty-stricken area and so I couldn’t afford to take time off of work
to go and get tested for a lot of people I think everywhere but especially in
this area a lot of people it’s either do you want to be able to put food in a day
or just continue being sick and hopefully deal with it later
explain to me how exactly how you’re turning this experience right in your
journey into empowering other people you know I I’ve been really fortunate to
have a really strong support system you know my family is on board and I’m able
to say like yeah I mean should be positive and I’m gay and I’ve been
through these things and I’m still here but I know that not everybody is lucky
to have that and so that’s kind of why I do the work that I do and I put myself
out in such a public way because we need to we need to have that conversation
it wasn’t happening before so I’m gonna do it
how’s everyone doing yeah makes a nice father please since I got HIV supports
all one who knows her status raise your home’s if you don’t know your status or
if you’ve been questioning your status because maybe you hooked up with someone
or you know whatever happened our team I beli AIDS Council is here for you wait
who hears on prep prep is the pill that you take once a TA that helps prevent
you from becoming infected with HIV if you’re exposed so if you didn’t know
that now you do until the thing is even if this message isn’t for you tonight
take it home to someone that you know because maybe they need to hear from
someone close to them and maybe hear that person tonight so again thank you
guys so much for being here who’s ready for some fucking drugs make some noise when you’re queer brown and Latin X
you’re constantly made to feel like you need to apologize for it I’m doing dry
it’s your way of taking all that power back and not having to apologize for who
you are to me your clinic is present everywhere in the valley is that
something that you imagined 30 years ago that this clinic could become such an
important support system for so many beyond these walls back then there was
no chance to imagine because we were just about saving who he could and
burying who had passed but I do believe that there is a greater purpose for us
and what we’re doing now and what we’re seeing is all these wonderful young
empowered individuals they’ve got their own support groups they’ve got their own
organizations up and running and we have to as a community as a whole support the
LGBT community on the us-mexican border so that we can survive and we will
survive and everybody gets the bail out of their house stops being afraid stops
being embarrassed and can’t test it just open up the little door listen we’ll
take care of the rest these potatoes tonight by Beatrix
estranged it’s been a pleasure and an honor being here
sharing the space forever you guys are loved you are important
you matter thank you for being a part of this journey it’s been a pleasure please from the outside the stats the stigma
the culture went to an HIV epidemic that sees no hope but the second that you
actually step into this town you realize that the valley is actually at the
forefront of change and that’s because there’s a group of Latin acts that are
using the most unconventional platform to change people’s minds right to open
people’s eyes so I I do feel optimistic about the way that the valley will
continue to be at the forefront of change you

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100 Responses

  1. Rich Lux says:

    Love This !

  2. Adrian L says:

    the reporter is cool

  3. Jean Alphonse De Lara says:

    You all are being set up by hate and envy.

  4. fallout man says:

    Hipster channel skewing the stats again.

  5. Ezequiel Aguilar says:

    omg Beatrice i first seen yoiu on Mrs Lush s channel man all you guys are so amazing great job!

  6. D Knows Best says:

    When people say “do what makes you happy.” So by that logic, people who enjoy killing people, they should do it because it makes them happy? Make it make sense. Because this society of “no boundaries” and do whatever feels good is exactly why America is in the piss poor state it’s in now, but I guess that makes too much sense.

  7. Free Spirit says:

    Dude was like Im Latino! As if that would sheild him from hiv!😳

  8. T DMJ says:

    Paola, work that hair out. You are a pretty girl.

  9. Karen Gabeaud says:

    Hispanic is not a race but an ethnicity. This is important to distinguish this because you can be a Hispanic African American (like people from the Dominican republic, who are obviously black but speak Spanish) or a Hispanic Caucasian (as seen in parts of Brazil) . That is why when you fill out census paperwork they ask you to select Hispanic or Non-Hispanic. What is more "Latino" is a catch all term for everyone below the united states or from a Spanish speaking country excluding Spain, regardless of race. A Mexican from Oxcacca, is not the same as a Mexican from Mexico city, they don't even speak the same language. They both are even more different from a Indigenous Myan or Incca, who is nothing like someone from Brazil. It is disturbing that the woman conducting this documentary seems unaware of these differences and generalizes throughout this documentary without making these distinctions or disclaimers at all. She uses blanket terms and associations for food, religion, customs, and even the term "Latino Culture" putting everyone with this label [Latino] in a box; ironically removing the very distinct identities that these people from Spanish speaking Nations and Central America have that many accuse formal institutions of doing. "Latino", just like "African American" is a lazy way of lumping groups of people together and removing their distinct ethnic and cultural identities, until all that is left is stereotype generalizations; like taco stands and fried chicken.

  10. Ava Marchese says:

    Here’s a solution build that wall 😉

  11. Stephany Redfield says:

    I got family members in the medical field and since I was a teenager to now 24yrs old, they always taught me that viruses or diseases and infections don't discriminate age, gender, or background. Education is something that shall always be a priority to prevent instead of being ignorant and not knowing nothing.

  12. stonkstrader dotcom says:

    JEW-X stands for all the JEWS who struggle to fit into one identity ……

  13. stonkstrader dotcom says:

    I think it's great you're helping the Latinos fit into one identity that stands for all of them those latinos are all over the place you got rich ones poor ones nice ones mean ones if only we can help them fit into one identical racial slur that would really help

  14. Brenda Olguin says:

    So sad. Im from north east Texas and was a teen during the 90s. During the 90s that was the number STD that was talked about and you can't go a week without seeing a show or afterschool special that didn't mentioned STD. And I'm Catholic. My mom exposed me to an abortion video now so i was prolife before I knew what the term. Alot of the life lessons needd to be taught by parents in a realistic way. And if you're religious to include that as well but not just one sided.

  15. Brenda Olguin says:

    They bring back the documentary of Pedro from MTV'S Real World 3. When i found out that he died I cried.

  16. Mojtaba Univers says:

    Catch u girl ….

  17. Mojtaba Univers says:

    What is your name ..

  18. Mojtaba Univers says:

    Paola rrrrramos i like u im afan from iraq

  19. Mojtaba Univers says:

    Did this chanel is yours

  20. Mojtaba Univers says:

    U speak like black guy when u move your hand in this nice way

  21. Felix Bruyns says:

    The solution is very, very "complicated": Do not sleep with other men. Also, the word "queer" does not convey anything that "gay" does not- except pretension and fearful political correctness.

  22. Casper Milquetoast says:

    Why does she speak normal English but only use a Spanish accent when she says “Latino” . Why doesn’t she use the accent for all words by country of origin

  23. Lost says:

    I’m so tired of conservative states not talking about sex and then they wonder why people turn to abortions and other shit because they don’t want to talk about condoms or birth control.

  24. the Hawk says:

    This reporter loves to say it Latino for some reason.

  25. Info Hub says:

  26. Rhena Chase says:

    They know the the truth which is written on their hearts, but they rather practice a lie which is written in sin and call it love… Truth = Love. Lie = Hate

  27. cobrasvt347 says:

    If they wouldn't of been fudge packing they likely would not have gotten HIV straight men would have more likely been using a condom because of the consequences of not and becoming a father that cannot support a family and make matter in society worse than they already are. I can't even watch this. The thought of two guys fucking is turning my stomach. I was feelimg fine today until I clicked on this. Title should be, A Queer,s Guide to why there's a HIV crisis on the Mexico Texas border. Its misleading and frankly fucked up my day. What's wrong with this world. It's all going to shit and it scares the hell out of me.

  28. Vee CR says:

    I'm sorry don't mean no disrespect but who now a days doesn't know about HIV/AIDS? Have you been living under a rock. Please we have got to do better!

  29. William Almaguer says:

    I'm from Corpus Christi Texas and I'm 30 years old and everything they said in this video makes no sense to me I'm Hispanic and education was widely available in the schools that I went to Also I went to one of the poorest schools in the city and lives on the more poor sight of town HIV and std education was all over the place it was just up to the people to use it

  30. Roger Williams says:

    How has she STILL not had a shower and shampoo??

  31. SSTEAS says:

    Can't get AIDS if you stay home, smoke loud and just rub one out

    *Taps noggin

  32. Nyal Sewell says:

    Man, my heart goes out to these guys. Bless these folks trying to make life better; makes me want to do and be better.

  33. Silverthorn Landscaping says:

    Im speaking to hundreds of people with so called HIV & none of them have ever taken the toxic ARV's & are perfectly fine after many many years , HIV is not a deadly virus that causes AIDS , unfortunately a lot of the people are too scared to put there name down on a list to prove this , they fear being killed , especially in Countries like Africa . Most will just be ignored , because the people who first put this theory out ( Robert Gallo ) is convinced he is right , also now there is far too much money involved to turn this around, also very convenient because the people who get tested & end up taking the toxic ARV's are usually drugs addicts , gay people & Africans , so as you can imagine the establishment are not in a hurry to have this exposed . Please look into Peter Deusberg , Neville Hodgkinson , Dr Claus Kohnleins , Thabo Mbeki & many many others who have been trying to tell people for many years now, please switch off your emotional & subjective thought & look into one of the centurys biggest mistakes that was to convenient to bother turning around , oh well the ones with there eyes open know & know that the Cure to HIV is simple , DO NOT EVER GET AN HIV TEST, you can still get AIDS if you don't look after yourself & do drugs , or have many other STD's or drink too much or take to many intibiotics & dont look after yourself , all the diseases that can kill obviously still kill people, a disease kills because it weakens our immune system anyway , without a made up deadly virus, please I beg the ones with open minds to look into this as the ones with closed minds havent got much of a chance unless they look deeply into this, my best wishes to all of y

  34. Terena Rosa says:

    I grew up learning that if you have sex you'll get pregnant and you will die. These mother f'ers need to watch Mean Girls.

  35. Victoria Ray says:

    Uhhh it’s a no brainer to use protection and don’t whore around lol

  36. Stephany Redfield says:

    Even with condoms, there's still a 50% chance of becoming HIV positive because people forget that condoms don't protect 100%. Also, many contract the virus in different ways, not just sexual.

  37. sidney fullilove says:

    So why did the gay guy bring up women. This entire show is bullshit agenda

  38. Tina says:


  39. soniakiwi says:

    I live next to Ciudad Juárez, Chih. in Texas and there's naturopathic clinics that treat HIV/AIDS symptoms. People know about this deadly STD. I will say this much: free/open healthcare in TX is minimal at best. Something simple like using a condom or taking Prep may be impossible unless you cross the border. But for those who live far from a Mexican border in Texas you're screwed sadly enough. 😞

  40. Ur U says:

    So my taxes money II work 7 days a week go to these guys to dress up like clowns throw parties and they get paid for it from the government from a non-profit that's what that means when they can dress like men go to the schools and teach the kids I don't understand how you helping it seems like you're on the government's back trying to make money and enjoy the rest of your life well I hear work 7 days a week

  41. Spongeblonde1 says:

    I grew up in an Italian-catholic household..Went to catholic school, the whole nine..My dad sat me down back then, at the age of 15 & stated “if you have sex, you get aids/std’s & die”..Did the trick for me! Well, until i was 18 & met my husband! So i don’t believe the whole. “Its my parents fault”.. The access to information, kids/adults have today, is unreal! Sad that this is still happening! I shall pray for all of their wellbeing! 🙏 Oh & WEAR PROTECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not once did i hear the vice chick ask if they wore protection!!! 🤔

  42. Dirt Penis says:

    Don’t make excuses that you don’t know what a condom is. I live in Texas, yeah we may not be taught about them, but it’s fucking 2019.

  43. Rumple Mintz says:

    Gosh I'm in love with her.

  44. Eric Thomas says:

    I'm engaged and to be real I lust over other women all the time. But truth be told I would never step outside of my relationship because nowadays there are just too many STDs going around. And damn it extremely hard to turn down women. When I wanna cheat on my girl, porn it is! 😂

  45. Cory Holt says:

    Retards don't were condoms, don't ask questions you wanna get laid right, well who cares you spread disease world wide while propagating anti human behaviour. YOUR JUST QUEER RIGHT.

  46. Mike G says:

    Sodomities deserve their punishments!

  47. Fabrizio says:

    Who would think that promiscuity and sexual deviancy would lead to problems?

  48. Deona says:

    Please people take care of yourself get tested and have safe sex. AIDS doesn't care if your kind , or smart it can end your life.

  49. James Hanninen says:

    She changes her tone every time she has Latino lmao millennials are a joke

  50. James Hanninen says:

    Go back to your culture leave ours alone losers

  51. James Hanninen says:

    Buts it’s the government fault they are ignorant and don’t even know their own body parts they want us to fix their uneducated loser kids mistakes all of em. They blame on being a minority what a joke

  52. James Hanninen says:

    Fake reporting she is biased af

  53. Mary Baranski says:

    On a positive note – queers don't reproduce.

  54. Lani Love says:

    Sorry but women are affected because there are definitely men out there who messed with men on the low and still be messing with women and that’s how you affect women because you can’t wrap it up

  55. Fuck 12 says:

    She’s such a bad interviewer

  56. Amanda Rickert says:

    How can any gay man in 2018 say that they didn't know anything about aids? Stop lying. Ur no victim. If you want to live like idiots and not protect yourself then deal with it. Dont try to blame someone else or society. Ur the only one to blame. If your gay and have unprotected sex in 2018 ur an idiot…

  57. emily raven says:

    The scary side of aids transfering is some men who are HIV positive seek out negs which are negitive testing people. And tell them that they are clean and say theyll wear a condom but they break it to give the person aids. Most times they will have sex with them multiple times to make sure their infected. It's a terrible thing and I really hope it stops one day.

  58. Ramtin Godminuez says:

    That's not traditional folk healing that's a witch shop 🤔 brujeria shop

  59. Elizabeth Incognito says:

    How exactly is drag empowering or educating anyone??? This is a joke journalism.

  60. HL Watts says:

    The lack of sex education is state sanctioned violence against the black and brown community. The state is not on your side…

  61. Martin Lee says:

    "I never had classes to tell me about protection"….please stfu…you knew what to do but you chose not too….#condoms allllll the excuses

  62. Ty’s Figs says:

    Dead guy on the floor with hiv
    Her:”but were they Latino”

  63. Ralph James says:


  64. Yasuo Montage says:

    Oh latinas

  65. zitouni hicham says:


  66. ddas adfassaf says:

    BUILD THE WALL!!!!!!!

  67. Eddie Reekie says:

    This chick looks like a junkie

  68. Duwane Manish says:

    When you start acting like ‘animals’ and going against teaching of God and practice of nature, consequences are there and very severe.

  69. El Chingon says:

    Me me me me me me me me, I'm a victim.

  70. Edwin G.A. says:

    I don’t believe that those people didn’t heard of HIV. There is the internet, etc. Besides I’m pretty sure they watch gay porn, and if they have time for that, then they definitely have time to protect themselves.

  71. Cisco4kid1990 says:

    ill never use Latinx smh I use Latina and Latino and we are Latin that is our whole you are either woman or male weather you or trans or lgbt you are still woman or male nothing else if you want to be a woman and your male trans into that than your a woman if your a woman who wants to be a man than your Latino its that simple I won't use latinx your either or and we all together are Latin LATIN

  72. Pat Shelton says:

    Wanting to blame not being educated on how to prevent the spread of Aids! Oh come on, with the rise of the LGBT movement an all the access to the web with all the info you need for any disease. Before kids get in middle school they know about STDS including HIV. Bet these guys know how to get on the web and go to chat rooms but none of them talk about protecting themselves or a partner against STDS. Another attempt by using the word crisis instead of an epidemic for political view points. It's here an it's gonna stay just like all other STDS. Might just be what will wipe out the population problem along with abortion of course. Give man enough time and he will destroy himself

  73. Jim Elliott says:

    I don't know whats more stupid, the term Latin X or the young guy saying "no one told me about HIV" Dude, you weren't born in the 1940's. LatinX LOL doesn't exactly sound positive.

  74. Eric The Red says:

    As someone who lived in the valley, I can say that there are many reasons why HIV is common and that's because of ignorance and sexual promiscuity. This is the same area where girls are legitimately surprised when they get pregnant, despite knowing they did not use a condom. Parents don't talk about sex education, and if their child is gay, they definitely won't talk about it. I had to learn on my own through psychology courses and the internet.

  75. andrea J says:

    People know but they choose to do this. A mistake can turn into a life of sorrow. 😥 religion has nothing to do with this, it's a person's Choice. Duh breaking rules in anything causes problems…

  76. Dr. Phil’s Forgotten Son says:

    i came here cause i saw Paola on tv and she’s SO GODDAMN HOT LIKE
    HOLY SHIT SHES SO FUCKING HOT but ended up getting informed with an HIV epidemic that deserves more attention!!

  77. Patrick Bush says:

    No one warned you what a crock. I think they should just put a do not enter sign on their booties

  78. fresh B says:

    There is way to much information out there for people to be this irresponsible its 2019. Wake up. He doesn't look sick, he looks healthy, he said he isnt sick..stop putting YOUR LIFE and health in someone else's hand…..please..

  79. spent 1 says:

    the reporter can use some makeup and a hair brush…she looks like a bum

  80. Noor Martinez says:

    As someone who lives in the valley I appreciate the attention brought to the aids/hiv crisis but I hate that the valley was showed like this. we do have poor people but at the same time we have rich neighborhoods and a vibrant nightlife and high end restaurants with amazing shopping malls and huge monthly events for the community. We have a university and several colleges and some high ranked schools ( I went to a health/medical based magnet high school and my mom is a Nurse so of course I know a lot about medical issues and problems in the community so I can’t speak for those who went to lower performing schools) so next time you come don’t just get videos of empty alleyways and abandoned buildings go downtown and see people party on the weekend or drive around McAllen and see all the big beautiful houses and expensive cars because in actually most of the “poor” communities live either in the outskirts or isolated areas in towns

  81. Breakthrough Vegan says:

    This saddens me a lot. I predominantly identify as being of african decent, but some of my first friend were Mexicano. The first elementary school I went to was predominantly Mexican. I loved Mexican culture just as much as I loved African culture.

  82. Breakthrough Vegan says:

    I don't know the hosts sexual identity or pronouns but they is very attractive.

  83. Michael Slawson says:


  84. Oscar Monroy says:

    The point of this video is to shed light on the resurgence of HIV in the marginalized communities, this story is impactful because its highly concentrated on Latino communities and the resurgence of HIV

  85. Steve Nazaroff says:

    People always take after their oppressors. American slaves that returned to Liberia, Afrika, enslaved the native Afrikans. The Israelis are systematically eliminating the Palestinians. You would think these people would be humbled by their collective experience but like an abused child the opposite is true.

  86. da streets part 3 says:

    latino faggots don't know about rubbers? hahaha. trump's fault right?

  87. luvsilly60 says:

    Government needs a blueprint on how to mobilize into hot zones.
    Religion as an obstacle.

  88. Manuel M says:

    These degenerates shoot up heroin and smoke meth then proceed to have unprotected sex. Let them die. No excuse.

  89. Leonardo Garcia says:

    why dont u just practice abstinence.

  90. Chase Jones says:

    Ugh I am so disappointed in America like wtf is drag it’s creepy

  91. Josh Rodriguez says:

    Turn to Jesus Christ and you won’t get hiv

  92. Eibar Lopz says:

    The host look worst every time…VICE need to be litlle consern about their staff…

  93. Joe says:

    Bullshit. It's their own fault.

  94. Twins Ma says:

    Nasty on all levels. I am leaving to take a shower.

  95. Valentine Kirkpatrick says:

    So his parents warned him about aids maybe not in the right way but he knew this disease was out there and he didn’t protect himself..

  96. Leslie Alejandra says:

    I went to school with the guy on 14

  97. Stella says:

    Isn't Brownsville also the murder capital of the country, carried out by the government??

  98. Christopher Happel says:

    The thing about this, it's not only gays, there men who go have sex with guys, and then they go back to their wife or girlfriend then their wife or girlfriend gets STD's.

  99. Christopher Happel says:

    I urge women to create a grinder account to see if their man is being discreet and sleeping around with the same sex.

  100. Christopher Happel says:

    Seeing all those brochures in the doctors offices aren't overwhelming, they're signs and clues to take care of yourself in order to prevent diseases.

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