Social and Legal Issues

Social and legal issues that impact the health status and vulnerability of individuals or populations

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Social Determinants of Health

Social, economic and environmental factors that determine the health status and vulnerability of individuals or populations

What do we mean by social determinants of health?

Income and social status

How income, employment and social status affect health and vulnerability

More on social status and income

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Housing

How access to housing and housing conditions affect health and vulnerability

More on housing

Employment and working conditions

How employment and working conditions affect health and vulnerability

More on employment

Social support networks and social exclusion

How social support networks and social exclusion affect health and vulnerability

More on social support and exclusion

Education and health literacy

How access to education and the ability to understand health information affect health and vulnerability

More on education and health literacy

Social and physical environments

How the opportunities and limitations of community and geography affect health and vulnerability

Access to social and health services

How access to social and health services affects health and vulnerability

More on access to social and health services as a social determinant of health

Gender

How gender affects health and vulnerability

More on gender

Attitudes that affirm sexual orientation

How attitudes towards sexual orientation affect health and vulnerability

More on attitudes (conditions) that affirm sexual orientation

Culture, race and ethnicity

How culture, religion, language and race affect health and vulnerability

More on culture, race and ethnicity as a social determinant of health

Citizenship status

How citizenship and immigration status affect health and vulnerability

More on Citizenship status

Self-determination and colonialism

How self-determination and the residual effects of colonialism affect health and vulnerability of Aboriginal populations

More on self-determination and colonialism

National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) fact sheet series on social determinants of health (2009)

HIV stigma and discrimination

How HIV stigma and discrimination affect health and vulnerability

More on stigma and discrimination

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Human Rights and Discrimination

How human rights and discrimination of groups or individuals affect vulnerability

More on human rights

Legal issues and policy relating to HIV

HIV and the law

Laws relating to HIV

More on HIV and the law

Immigration and travel

Laws relating to visitors, immigrants and refugees living with HIV

Sex and the law

Laws relating to sex work

More on sex and the law

Drug Policy and Harm Reduction

How policy and law can affect vulnerability in people who use substances

More on drug policy and harm reduction

Prisons

How policy and law can affect prisoners living with and vulnerable to HIV and hepatitis C

More on prisons