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MIRA kicks off HIV/AIDS outreach campaign for Hispanic community

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JACKSON, MS (AP):  New This Morning!  The Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance has begun an outreach campaign to fight HIV/AIDS in the Hispanic community.

The campaign involves text messages, Internet resources and radio programs and will target groups between the age of 18 and 35.

MIRA Executive Director, Bill Chandler, says about 500 texts will go out weekly directing Hispanics to online information and local testing resources.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, Hispanics make up about 13% of the U.S. population, but they account for an estimated 17% of new infections each year.

Chandler says the project hopefully will give advocates a better idea of how prevalent HIV is among immigrants, particularly the undocumented population.

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