HIV on the rise in Guatemala

Border towns with Mexico serve as hot spots for high-risk behaviour that leads to transmission of the virus.

    Guatemala is facing a growing HIV epidemic.

    And towns bordering Mexico are transmission hot spots for the virus.

    Human trafficking, sexual abuse, prostitution and drug use in these towns create the kind of high-risk behaviour that leads to HIV transmission.

    Northern-bound migrants, desperate to escape poverty, have nothing to lose, and are often preyed on by gangs, corrupt police and others.

    Al Jazeera's Dave Mercer reports from Tecun Uman.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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