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Kaiser Family Foundation

In 2016, the Kaiser Family Foundation teamed with the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health to produce a video series that gives voice to transgender women about HIV. Empowered: Trans Women & HIV focuses on transgender women in relation to HIV risk, prevention and care.

The Need

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.