http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/27/hiv-lessons-ebola-quarantine-new-york

Today in class, Professor Lamb connected the treatment of HIV people in the 80s with how we treat ebola patients today. I stumbled upon this article a few hours after class which continues to flesh out this pattern and connects it to broader public health issues and the crumbling infrastructure. Additionally, this example is clear in illustrating how medical institutions can be used to oppress different marginalized groups. It not only aids in committing medical genocide as these communities are dying off because of lack of medical care, but also helps in socio-cultural bias against these communities. The connotation that people who are HIV+ or have ebola are sick and should be quarantined work to create a bias that these people are less than and are to be stayed away from. Medical structures have institutionalized lots of discrimination into their practices and are used by political structures to implement this oppression. It is essential we fight against this.

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