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Helping Mexico's LGBT Migrant Community

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LEILA MACOR 'EEUU-MIGRACIÓN-SEGURIDAD-HISPANOS' A person walks across a bridge at the US-Mexico borde
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LEILA MACOR 'EEUU-MIGRACIÓN-SEGURIDAD-HISPANOS' A person walks across a bridge at the US-Mexico border from the San Ysidro port of entry near San Diego, California, across to Tijuana, Mexico on April 4, 2013. The barrier separating the two countries is in reality several barriers, designed to prevent illegal movement across the border, backed by supporters and criticized by opponents. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

When Rosember López Samayoa was diagnosed with HIV in 1995, he traveled the costly distance to Mexico City to receive affordable treatment. He then returned to this lackluster border city that hugs Guatemala and shut himself inside his house, ashamed to reveal the death prophecy a doctor had delivered.

But after 11 months Mr. López emerged – still alive, and with a commitment to help people in his hometown who could be vulnerable to HIV, or who, like him, are unable to access good and inexpensive local medical care.

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