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HIV and Homelessness

After two years of research and collaboration, the AIDS Network of Western New York has released their position paper on HIV and Homelessness. Many medical issues have higher prevalences among homeless people, and HIV/AIDS is no exception. For instance, the National Coalition for the Homeless has suggested that HIV prevalence for homeless youth may be as much as 2 to 10 times higher than reported for non-homeless adolescents in the United States. The position paper below includes relevant facts and statistics with policy recommendations for our region in assisting our community members who struggle with HIV and homelessness.

This paper was authored by Nadia Pizarro, Lakeshore Behavioral Health, Suckie Smith, Homeless Alliance of Western New York, Carol Murphy, Harvest House, Babette Sullivan, Women & Children’s Hospital Kaleida Health, Norm Kohn, Women and Children’s Hospital Kaleida Health and Sheila Figliotti, Child and Family Services. Sandra Adams, of AIDS Network of Western New York, supplied editorial assistance.

Homelessness and HIV Position Paper – This is the entire paper which details all of their work. Well worth a read.

Homelessness and HIV Executive Summary – This is a brief two-page summary for those who are more the TL;DR-oriented crowd.