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Mak, Mo, Cheung, Woo, Cheung, Lee: Comparative stigma of HIV/AIDS, SARS and Tuberculosis in Hong Kong

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SOC309 November 4 2011Comparative stigma of HIVAIDS SARS and Tuberculosis in Hong Kong Mak Mo Cheung Woo Cheung LeeIntroduction y Important health concerns in HKHIVAIDS SARS and tuberculosis TB y Stigma associated with HIVAIDS studied mosto Evidence shows that individuals with or suspected have been denied health care services and employment refused entry to foreign countries shunned by neighbours and coworkers and experienced social disruptions with family members and friendsConsequences to quality of life affects public attitudes resource allocation and direction to public health planningIllness perceptions and perceived risks of infection can play an important role sometimes more so than the actual disease itself in shaping public responses to health care policies Incidence of HIVAIDS SARS and TB y TB highest incidence rate in South East Asia 33 of all cases and major cause of death 95 in HK y SARSshortest history y HIVAIDSmoderate developmental historyo Received public health attention quickly due to lethalityo Highly active and a
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