Homelessness and Health Essay

2443 Words May 1st, 2011 10 Pages
Trevor Gamache
Homelessness and Health
Introduction
Homelessness has become an evolving epidemic of our time, and the health implications associated with being homeless makes it that much worse. Homeless people are at major risk for premature death and a wide range of health problems such as HIV, skin blemishes, and much more. It is very difficult for homeless people to fix their health issues due to the difficulty of accessing health care possibly because of missing health cards, or simply because of the stigma placed on them when they enter a public facility. Whatever the problem may be that is forcing more people to become homeless, it must be solved, and quickly before our world turns into a travesty.
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For instance, allow them to stay an extra month in the institution after their illness is treated, to let them go out and find a job, and hopefully bring in some money that they can build off of when they are released. How do they expect these individuals who are being treated to get on the right track when they have no money? Sooner than later they will be right back in that same place, or possibly the hospital because their bodies cannot function without food and shelter. One last interesting point made my Gupta is the question she ponders about whether these mental patients and the disorders associated with each, are consequences or are they causes of homelessness? Despite the fact that they can be either or, I arguably believe that they cause homelessness more than they are a consequence of homelessness. Sure homelessness is a tough psychological battle as much as it is a physical and emotional one, but certain mental disabilities are stigmatized, and some even prevent you from getting a job and without employment, homelessness is often the product.
Kalichman, Seth C., Lisa Belcher, Charsey Cherry, Ernestine A. Williams, Christopher T. Allers. 1997. “Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Seropositive Homeless Men.” Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless. 6(4): 303-318.
Most studies that are completed about homeless people and their health statuses usually have an end result that states HIV is one of the most significant problems…

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