TRISTAN'S MOON

Made in the USA

He wasn’t stupid. He’s poor. There is a difference. By the time he had even heard the term — HIV — it was over. Treatment is sporadic. Sometimes. Sometimes not. You got that HIV, boy. You just keep walking.

He stole a bicycle, and the entire world went Miss Sugar Nut on him.

Busted out of detention. Then, blowing truckers.

Detention. Another word for rape, survival sex and drugs. Some kids know exactly what to focus on like a laser beam. He has this line called Who Is Going 2 Hire Me.

Nofuckingbody.

No one has noticed that when he steals bicycles, he fixes them.


Since 2007, HIV and AIDS rates have gone up throughout rural Mexican states, partly as a result of returning Central American migrants who engaged in high-risk behaviors and were sexually abused and sexually exploited in the United States. Often returning migrants had not been able to receive diagnosis or treatment in the USA. Others had been tested by US Immigration controllers and deported without a treatment plan. Medical experts are shifting their attention to the particular dangers faced by Central American migrants—human trafficking, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, isolation, depression, and drug use—as vectors driving these numbers (see, Mexico: Efforts to provide HIV-AIDS and Other Health Services to Migrants face major obstacles, by Alexandra McAnarney, 2013).

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