Puerto Rico’s Ignored Public Health Crisis (Video)

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Puerto Rico has one of the highest HIV/Aids infection rates in the United States, and more than 50% of these cases are caused by intravenous drug use. HIV can be spread by sharing syringes and drug equipment for injectable drug use. The reuse of an HIV blood-contaminated needle or syringe by another person has a high risk of HIV transmission since HIV infected blood can be injected directly into the bloodstream.

It is estimated that there are about 60,000 intravenous drug users in Puerto Rico. A survey by the government itself also estimated that there is a treatment gap of 92%, with only a small portion of drug-users receiving detoxification services. There isn’t easy access to clean needles in Puerto Rico which is why many addicts reuse or share them. Due to a lack of funding to combat the issue from the government, nonprofit organizations such as El Punto en la Montaña are attempting to pick up the slack. El Punto en la Montaña is a group that offers medical supplies to addicts who live in rural areas that are out of the reach of government services. Founder Joseph Carroll Miranda and a small team of volunteers deliver clean needles, juice, snacks, and educational pamphlets to addicts every week. Addicts are also put into detoxification programs if possible.

Watch the video about Puerto Rico’s public health crisis below (due to graphic nature of video, viewer discretion is advised):


More on Puerto Rico’s Public Health Crisis:
The Guardian | Puerto Rico’s ignored public health crisis: ‘I’ve lost a lot of friends to drugs’

Puerto Rican Tennis Champions Create Luxury Golf Course in Puerto Rico

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The Royal Isabela in Puerto Rico was founded by local Puerto Rican natives and brothers Stanley Pasarell and Charlie Pasarell. Royal Isabela is set in in the municipality of Isabela in the northwestern region of Puerto Rico. The luxury gulf course is set on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and is about 73 miles from the San Juan International Airport and 10 miles from the Aguadilla International Airport. This golf resort boasts its tight knit private golf community and is the ideal getaway for travelers.

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The Pasarell brothers wanted to bring their love of Puerto Rican culture and hospitality to Royal Isabela. The Royal Isabela is one of the top golf courses in the Caribbean and was named in honor of Queen Isabella of Castile, Spain. There are 20 intimate casitas with 1,500 square feet of living space, a private pool, and view of the ocean.

For more information about the Royal Isabela, visit www.royalisabela.com.

About the Pasarell Brothers

Charlie Pasarell was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this year and was voted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. He attended UCLA and won the NCAA men’s singles title in 1966. He served as a tournament representative for the Americas on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and was instrumental in the development of the BNP Paribas Open, a premier professional tennis event, in Indian Wells, California.

Stanley Pasarell represented Puerto Rico at the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City, Mexico. He won three silver medals in the 1966 Caribbean and Central American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He holds many titles and has received honors from the Stanford University Tennis Team, Hawaii Leis, and the Puerto Rico Tennis Hall of Fame.