New hispanic migration and HIV risk in New York

Michele G. Shedlin, Lawrence C. Shulman

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This paper reports on research designed to assess access to care by Latino immigrant populations in the New York area. A qualitative approach and methods were employed, involving focus groups with PWAs and affected men and women from Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Central America to explore the perceptions, beliefs, experience and knowledge of HIV care issues and the issues affecting health-seeking behavior. Among the data collected to provide context, depth and detail to the issue of access and utilization of services, was the detailed information on migration and HIV risk reported here. A total of 57 men and women participated, ranging in age from 19-61. Results included information on migration patterns, obstacles for Latino immigrants living in the U.S., social networks, community resources, knowledge of HIV/AIDS, risk behavior and access to information. Data support the conclusion that to be effective in reaching and providing services to these immigrant groups, it is crucial to understand the environment from which they come and the impact of immigration. Poverty; repressive governments; lack of education/literacy; ethnicity, class; color-based stigma; and cultural norms are crucial factors in determining their attitudes, motivations, decisions and behavior. The key elements for the provision of services to this population appear to be those which build on cultural norms and which network human and institutional resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006


  • Hispanic immigrants
  • Immigrant health
  • Risk behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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