As a Mexican-American who grew up along the U.S./Mexico border in the 1970s-1980s, I suffered through the stigma of homophobia, a lack of comprehensive sexual education, and the devastation that the HIV and AIDS epidemic caused in the region and throughout the nation. This video highlights the sociocultural and institutional challenges Latinos face in addressing their sexual health needs.

As an advocate for realistic sex education, supporting disadvantaged populations, and educating everyone about their right to sexual health, expression, and pleasure, I feel it is important that we understand these challenges, and others.

Video by VICE Media, LLC. Access all of VICE programming here.

Photo by Diego Duarte Cereceda on Unsplash