Ohio medical students find HIV, AIDS education in Ecuador lacking

Some Ecuador residents said they support efforts to remove HIV and AIDS patients from communities, two Ohio University medical students found.

Erin Webb and Ryan Vagedes, both second year medical students at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University traveled to Ecuador with a team of students and researchers from the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute and conducted nearly 200 in-person surveys with residents in Cariamanga, Ecuador. They also plan to collect an equal number in Quito, one of the country’s largest cities.

They found, among other things, that Ecuadorians want more education on public and sexual health. 

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