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Patrick Vernon on health and wellbeing for BME communities

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Roy Trevelion
BHIVA Reps
Posts: 332
Patrick Vernon on health and wellbeing for BME communities
Posted on: July 7 2015, 08:05 am

Dear All,

Patrick Vernon's article about health and wellbeing for BME communities can be found here:
http://www.sochealth.co.uk/2015/07/07/health-and-wellbeing-for-bme-communities/

Here are the opening paragraphs -

"Britain’s Black communities experience poorer health along with access to health and social care compared to the general population. There is a link between social deprivation, poverty, housing, education and cultural behaviour and norms engaging with health professionals. There is also clear evidence that racism and discrimination that can affect a person’s health status.

The combination of health inequalities and racial inequalities has the following impact:

• Rates of detention under the Mental Health Act are higher than average for Black Caribbean and Black African compared to the rest of the population
• Prevalence of stroke 70 per cent higher than the average
• We are six times more likely to develop diabetes
• Black men and women have higher incidence of cancer such as prostate, oral, stomach, and liver. There is also clear evidence of reported poor experience of cancer care treatment and support
• Insufficient support for young people accessing mental health and counselling services."

Many thanks,
Roy
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Silvia Petretti
Steering group
Posts: 286
Re: Patrick Vernon on health and wellbeing for BME communities
Reply #1 on: July 7 2015, 11:01 am

Dear Roy,

Thanks for sharing this it would be maybe important to refer to this in the BHIVA treatment guidelines , that special consideration need to be in place to support people with HIV from BME communities given the prevalence and impact of health inequalities.

Silvia
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