street person

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A person who either lives on city streets, i.e., a homeless person, or spends virtually all waking hours on city streets but perhaps has a dwelling in which to sleep. Street people in low-income countries include street children, abandoned children who survive by petty crime and prostitution. Everywhere they include people with various forms of mental illness, substance abuse, and chronic alcoholism, and unemployed, homeless people who forage for sustenance in garbage bins, etc. Street people, especially street children, have a host of health problems, including deficiency diseases, diseases associated with exposure to the elements, violence, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, etc. See also street gang.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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