Inclusive Care for Infectious Diseases

Some infectious diseases disproportionately affect populations that have experienced stigma, discrimination, and lack of access to medical care. For example, people of color, gay and bisexual men, and transgender women face a high burden of HIV infection, and gay and bisexual men are at greater risk than the general population for anal cancer due to human papillomavirus. Immigrants and refugees, particularly those who come from resource-limited settings, are more likely than their American-born counterparts to develop tuberculosis or tropical infections. People who inject drugs suffer from high rates of viral hepatitis as well as serious cardiovascular and bone infections. While these populations are distinct, they all experience disparities in infectious diseases that are associated with histories of marginalization. 

In the Infectious Disease Division at Massachusetts General Hospital, we are committed to providing state-of-the art, inclusive, and compassionate care to people from all walks of life. Your donation to this fund will help support crucial programs that address health disparities affecting vulnerable populations, including

  • Antiretroviral treatment, integrated with primary and behavioral health care, for those living with HIV;
  • HIV prevention services, including pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis, to help people with a high risk of HIV infection remain HIV-negative;
  • Screening and treatment for anal cancer precursors due to human papillomavirus;
  • The Mycobacterial Center of Excellence, a multidisciplinary program providing comprehensive care for tuberculosis, Hansen’s disease (leprosy), and other mycobacterial infections;
  • The Tropical and Geographic Medicine Center, specializing in the care of infections common or unique to tropical climates and resource-limited settings; and
  • Treatment for chronic hepatitis B and C

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