Meet the Cuban Punks Who Infected Themselves with HIV in Protest

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VICE meets a few surviving members of Los Frikis, a Cuban punk movement, who purposely infected themselves with HIV in the early 90s. The punks used this method as a way to get sent to government-sanctioned sanatoriums where they were given better resources than they had on the streets.


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VICE meets a few of the last surviving members of Los Frikis, the Cuban punks who purposefully infected themselves with HIV so that they'd be sent to government-sanctioned sanatoriums.

Author — VICE


You should really change the title to "Meet the Cuban Punks Who Infected Themselves with HIV for Survival" or something like that, otherwise it makes you think they did it for dumb reasons.

Author — Gerdronex


The lady at the end seemed like she had some regrets

Author — Michela Francisco


This isn't just "living off benefits" as I've seen some in comments say.. during "special period" of Cuba, people had no running water, no clean water to drink, no salt, no way to get to work, no fuel to cook food if they even had it, it was brutal to live. I can totally see why people did this and it was absolutely for survival, and to maybe give oneself an "end date" because it seemed so bleak. I feel for these people very much, do not judge them...

Author — 513_cloud withoutwater


That’s so sad. Accepting a dead sentence just to live.

Author — Jecal34


He pulled his shoelace out for That? It's gonna take forever to out that back in, and that's if he even has one aglet!

Author — Silo 101


It was not in protest, it was because they did not have the means to live. Very misleading title.

Author — polltax


When you're so used to reading subtitles, that you start reading even if you understand Spanish 😂

Author — candykizz3z68


Ain't no way in hell. I'll sleep under the bridge.

Author — Michelle


You can't judge someone based on a life you haven't yet lived... just because it's not happening to you or around you it doesn't mean it's not happening somewhere in the world. We can't judge these people based off of their life experiences that made them make that choice. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Author — gladi perez


"Cuba has been isolated from most of the world" is a completely false statement. Only ONE country tried to isolate Cuba. Everyone other than the USA has had normal relations with Cuba for decades.

Author — osriodore


Leaving isn't always something you can do. Don't judge these people, they clearly went thru enough just for liking punk rock

Author — stella


they had a better chance taking the boat.

Author — Dave D


That’s insane and I’d never heard of this. I️ can’t believe these people have themselves HIV to get regular food and water

Author — Gabi Maza


I need to be more grateful and grounded with my life. It's a heart-wrenching story. I'm sorry for them. God bless 🙏

Author — Arrahma syafrani


A lot of homeless youth are purposefully getting infected here in the US for faster housing and other benefits such as dental.

Author — Alexander Jimenez


You can totally tell that Gerson still Lives in his nostalgia Live every day My dude

Author — Super Maxx


So they autoinjected HIV to "protest" in their words when the interviews started but that sure as hell isn't what I'm hearing when i hear them tell their stories smh.

Author — Polar702bear


to all the people saying negative things about these cubans, they seem to not have heard that in the sanatorium they got food and all sorts of other benefits that they couldn't get outside of it. those who do not know economic misery, will never understand

Author — danusty


And we complain about our lifes!!! This is crazy 😱😱

Author — jay Rodriguez