Illness & Disease

Studies have documented the high burden of illness among people experiencing homelessness due to chronic medical conditions, tuberculosis and HIV infection and traumatic injuries. These illnesses, in conjunction with severe poverty and inadequate access to health care, lead to high mortality rates among those experiencing homelessness. 

Chronic medical problems that are prevalent among adults experiencing homelessness include seizures, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders. Conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and anemia are often inadequately controlled and may go undetected for long periods.1

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