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:
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: