Infectious Disease


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Racial and ethnic disparities exist regarding certain types of infections including sexually transmitted diseases, urinary tract infections, pregnancy-related infectious diseases, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis, and lower respiratory tract diseases.   

The COVID pandemic exposed the social and structural inequities that led to COVID health disparities (disease exposure, severe illness, hospitalizations, deaths, vaccination rates) among racial and ethnic minority groups.

In this video, our very own Dr. Jasmine Marcelin and her infectious disease colleagues talk about racial disparities in infectious disease and how structural racism and social determinants of health such as housing, poverty, health care access, occupation contribute to the increased risk of disease. 

Articles on racial disparities in infectious disease: 

Antibiotic resistance: a call to action to prevent the next epidemic of inequality | Nature Medicine 

COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities ( 

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Related to COVID-19 | Health Disparities | JAMA | JAMA Network 

Anatomy of a health conundrum: The racial gap in vaccinations - The Washington Post 

Covid’s Color Line — Infectious Disease, Inequity, and Racial Justice | NEJM 

Social Context, Sexual Networks, and Racial Disparities in Rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections | The Journal of Infectious Diseases | Oxford Academic ( 

Exploring the influence of social determinants on HIV risk behaviors and the potential application of structural interventions to prevent HIV in women ( 

Being black and gay: how intersectional stigma impacts on the uptake of PrEP | aidsmap 

And finally, here is an allyship guide created by the Infectious Diseases Society of North America where you can learn how to be an ally, influence your peers, and keep others accountable: 

IDSA Allyship Guide