Transgender women are among those at highest risk for HIV today.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than one in four transgender women – including more than half of Black transgender women – are living with HIV in the United States. Globally, the likelihood of contracting HIV is nearly 50 times higher for transgender women compared to other populations.
Despite growing attention to the issues facing the transgender community, HIV has not been widely discussed. Further outreach about HIV often excludes transgender women, or efforts aimed at other risk groups are merely adapted and don’t respond adequately to the needs of the community.