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R I Med J (2013). 2016 Nov 1;99(11):21-24.

Health Equity, Social Justice, and HIV in Rhode Island: A Contemporary Challenge.

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1
Center for HIV, Hepatitis, STD and TB, Rhode Island Department of Health.
2
Consulting Medical Director, Center for HIV, Hepatitis, STD and TB, Rhode Island Department of Health.
3
Prevention Program Evaluator, Center for HIV, Hepatitis, STD and TB, Rhode Island Department of Health.
4
Prevention Manager, Center for HIV, Hepatitis, STD and TB, Rhode Island Department of Health.
5
Surveillance & Evaluation Manager, Center for HIV, Hepatitis, STD and TB, Rhode Island Department of Health.
6
Division/Medical Director, Division of Preparedness, Response, Infectious Disease, and Emergency Medical Services, Rhode Island Department of Health.

Abstract

From its beginning, HIV has primarily affected marginalized populations, such as injection drug users, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM), and minority racial and ethnic groups. HIV is a disease that, from the start, has been strongly influenced by issues related to social justice and health equity due to its intersection with behaviors among at-risk populations. While some of the risks associated with HIV have been successfully mitigated through social justice initiatives related to needle exchange programs and routine HIV testing of pregnant women, Rhode Island remains confronted with the health equity challenges of preventing HIV transmission and ensuring access to HIV care/treatment, especially for Black/African Americans, Hispanics, and GBMSM. [Full article available at http://rimed.org/rimedicaljournal-2016-11.asp].

KEYWORDS:

HIV; Health Equity; Rhode Island; Social Justice

PMID:
27801915
PMCID:
PMC5522175
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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