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NHPC 2015: High Rates of HIV Found Among Trans Women


Although transgender people -- especially trans women of color -- have among the higher rates of HIV infection, this population has not been adequately studied. Many HIV prevention studies have miscategorized transgender women as men who have sex with men, and there has been little specific research on HIV among trans men.

One meta-analysis of 29 studies published in 2008 found that 28% of transgender women in the U.S. were living with HIV, with a large proportion not knowing their status. A more recent worldwide meta-analysis showed that transgender women were nearly 50 times more likely to be HIV-positive than non-transgender (cisgender) people.

HIV prevention and services for transgender women and men were the focus of several presentations at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC), which took place last December in Atlanta. In addition, the upcoming Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) will feature a plenary session on transgender people -- a first for this research conference focused on HIV/AIDS and related diseases.

Read the full article on The Body Pro.