Another crack in the mirror: The politics of AIDS prevention in Mexico

Hector Carrillo*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The majority of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases in Mexico have been reported in large urban areas and tourist resorts. In more general terms, the case of AIDS prevention in Mexico exemplifies the importance of politics, society and culture in the design of educational interventions. Since 1983, when the first case of AIDS in Mexico was identified in a Mexico City hospital, thousands of Mexicans have been diagnosed with the syndrome and thousands more have been infected with HIV. The chapter presents a broad analysis of the social context in which AIDS prevention takes place in Mexico. It describes number of broad social issues and epidemiological patterns that affect both the development of effective AIDS prevention and the individuals’ potential for implementing behavior changes. Preventing AIDS in Mexico appears to be much more complex than what the simple dissemination of information about condoms can achieve. AIDS prevention has already created a small crack in the political mirror of Mexico.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgress in Preventing Aids?
Subtitle of host publicationDogma, Dissent and Innovation: Global Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781351842174
ISBN (Print)0895031760, 9780415786171
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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