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ERIC Number: EJ758757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0010-8146
Vida/SIDA: A Grassroots Response to AIDS in Chicago's Puerto Rican Community
Sanabria, Roberto
Convergence, v37 n4 p37-42 2004
Chicago's Puerto Rican community in West Town had a unique reaction to the spread of AIDS within its limits. They created their own institutions and tackled the epidemic themselves. In its infancy, Vida/SIDA, which translates as Life/AIDS, was solely an alternative health clinic for people with AIDS. Free of charge, it provided services such as acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic care, nutritional counselling, and even t'ai chi. Its venue was The West Town Law Office. Attorney Melinda Power allowed her first floor offices to be taken over during evening hours and included the heat, electricity, and telephone services -pro bono. This article describes Vida/Sida, the only organic, HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and treatment programme in the area. The author discusses his role as a bilingual outreach educator and activist with the Vida/SIDA collective.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois