Talk of HIV/AIDS Still Taboo for Koreans, Here and Abroad

From New American Media:

‘ Diana Lee is program manager with the center for Pan Asian Community Services in Atlanta, Georgia, a city that in recent years has seen dramatic increases in its resident Asian population.

‘ It has also seen the sharpest rise in HIV infections in the United States.

‘ “Calls come in [to the center] about immigration issues or other matters,” says Lee, who points out that unlike more established Asian communities in New York and San Francisco, which have been around for generations, Atlanta’s Asian community is still predominantly immigrant.

‘ “Then they ask about HIV.” Lee says a number of the callers are surprised the center even offers such services. “But Asians don’t have HIV,” is something she’s heard more than once. ‘

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