Get Tested! HIV in the RGV.

In 2020, the Center for Disease Control released data showing that overall HIV rates in the United States had gone down by 6%, but for Latinx people, in particular, rates increased by 14%. And while in the state of Texas, rates have usually been higher in San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston, the Rio Grande Valley follows right after.


Juan Trey Mendez III is setting precedence. The Brownsville mayor currently faces criticism from the community for his recent distorted bully pulpit methods against local activist Rebekah (Bekah) Hinojosa, but the question remains, was this personal?

Overworked and underpaid

As Texas opted out of receiving benefits for federal unemployed workers, wage shortages and job openings continue to cause uncertainty.

The Fight Against SB 8

Balloons with “Love Our Abortion Provider” and “Aborto Seguro y Legal (Safe and Legal Abortion)” written on them at the February 2019 We’re Still Here March at Whole Woman’s Health Clinic in McAllen, Texas. 📷 by Freddy Jimenez.

Abortions were difficult to obtain in the Rio Grande Valley, now it will be even harder but not impossible.