Surveillance data show higher rates of reported STDs among some marginalized communities when compared with rates amongst others. Race and ethnicity in the U.S. are population characteristics that are correlated with other factors affecting health status. Access to quality STD prevention and treatment services is key to reducing STD disparities in the Midwest. Even when health care is available, fear and distrust of health care institutions can negatively affect the health care-seeking experience for many marginalized communities when there is social discrimination, provider bias, or the perception that these may exist. Please join anthropologist Nikki Lane and epidemiologist Amara Ross as we discuss health disparities in the Midwest and explore the stories of those disproportionately impacted by STDs.
Presenters: Amara Ross, MPH, Indiana State Department of Health, and Nikki Lane, Phd