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Migrant Agricultural Workers

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defines migratory agricultural workers as:

“individuals whose principal employment is in agriculture, and who have been so employed within the last 24 months, and who establish for the purposes of such employment a temporary abode;”

Research on migrant and seasonal agricultural workers and HIV prevalence in rural communities is limited. Several factors may increase the risk of this population contracting HIV, such as limited access to healthcare, poverty, substandard housing, and limited English proficiency. Their highly mobile lifestyle also increases barriers to regularly accessing healthcare, making testing for HIV and follow-up complicated.

Resources to Learn More

Farmworker Justice
Includes health initiatives for migrant and seasonal farmworkers who are at an increased risk for contracting HIV/AIDS.
Organization(s): Farmworker Justice

HIV/ AIDS Farmworker Factsheet
Fact sheet describing the HIV risk factors that specifically impact migrant farmworkers and cultural practices and beliefs that could impact how programs educate and treat patients.
Organization(s): National Center for Farmworkers Health
Date: 12/2012

Mexican Migrant Communities May Be on Verge of HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Article that describes the increased risks of Mexican migrants to the U.S. related to new HIV infections. The article reviews research that documents the increased risk for HIV in this population.
Author(s): Barclay E.
Organization(s): Population Reference Bureau
Date: 9/2005