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AIDS/HIV & Hepatitis C:
Institutional Issues

Both groups, people with mental illnesses and those who are incarnated represent an important population groups for issues of infectious diseases. Both groups are stigmatized and largely go forgotten by the general public. The general public would rather not recognize the needs of either group. However, people from both groups do return to and become productive members of society. They live next door to many of us. The rate of infection amongst both groups is higher than the general population and represents a major concern for society. Society tends to disregard many of their needs and concerns. In many instances, these institutions represent nothing more than breeding grounds for infectious diseases-and this should be a concern to everyone. This issue of infectious diseases is not about these groups of people deserve these illness because of their lack of awareness or their inability to comprehend their situation-the concern should be on how we can provide either group with adequate treatment and education-for their future return to society.

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