Alcohol, stigma against gays, make HIV/AIDS unique

By Cindy Yurth
Tséyi' Bureau

TUBA CITY June 26, 2014

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HIV is the same virus no matter where you catch it, but an analysis of HIV cases on Navajo reveals some things that make the Navajo Nation unique, a Diné health educator told a group of health professionals and other interested people at the 14th Annual Navajo Nation HIV Conference in Tuba City Thursday.

Alcohol abuse, a high stigma against homosexuality and a general reluctance to talk about sex all figure into the problem of HIV/AIDS on the reservation.

Kurt Begay, a health educator in Window Rock, had analyzed data from 2012 HIV infections among Navajo tribal members and came up with some trends that may help prevent further cases.

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