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Deportation Linked to Higher Risk of HIV Infection

La Prensa-San Diego, Posted: Aug 09, 2008

SAN DIEGO -- Male injection drug users deported from the United States to Tijuana are four times more likely to contract HIV than those living in Tijuana who were not deported there, according to a study presented at the International AIDS Conference on Aug. 5 in Mexico City, reports bilingual newspaper La Prensa-San Diego. The study compared HIV infection among 1,056 male and female injection drug users in Tijuana. One possible explanation for this is that deportation might be indicative of higher risk-taking in Mexican male migrants, suggesting that mobility - rather than deportation itself - creates unstable conditions that could lead them to risky behavior. Another explanation is that the deportation process leads to social upheaval, loss of social ties and income, which lead the migrants to engage in high-risk behavior. The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was published in the July 30 issue of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) One.

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