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Editor's Letter: Latinx Community — We Still Need to Talk About HIV

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Dear Plus reader,As a Latina born and raised in East L.A. (yes, just like the movie), I am very proud to present Plus magazine’s annual Latinx issue — in both English and Español.

HIV has disproportionately affected our community since the epidemic’s beginnings in the early 1980s. Back then, as a young child, I remember seeing news stories pop up here and there about the “new gay cancer,” or GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency), as it was first called.

I recall my mother expressing anguish over Rock Hudson’s death due HIV-related complications. He apparently was her childhood crush.Still, HIV and AIDS felt distant from me and didn’t strike me as anything I personally needed to worry about as a 10-year-old girl.

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