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Being Transgender And HIV Divergence

Transgender women are statistically way over-represented in the HIV data. Why is this the case? I’m suggesting it’s the ever narrowing life options we have to develop meaningful lives for ourselves. Poverty, stigma, drug use, lack of family and social support, homelessness, discrimination are all factors that impact on our identity and self-acceptance. I felt I had little choice than to do sex work to survive financially.

Published
13 October 2017
From
Talkabout
Reconsidering Primary Prevention: a Call To Action For The Global HIV Response

"The [HIV] prevention toolbox is getting bigger, but the application of the tools is getting smaller. For...prevention to stand a chance, the silence, denial, negativity, and moralism surrounding sex and drug use must end. Policy makers and donors, including governments, must shed their reluctance to openly and positively address sex and drug use in their public health discourse and responses to HIV."

Published
09 October 2017
From
MSMGF
San Francisco annual report shows continued drop in new HIV infections

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) has released its HIV Epidemiology Annual Report for 2016, showing that the number of new infections continues to decline, with

Published
18 September 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Watch: USCA Plenary Halted by Trans Activists

The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), celebrating thirty years of teaching practical skills to HIV service providers, found itself the target of old-school activism on Friday when transgender activists stopped the plenary program to voice their frustrations about being underrepresented by the organizations in attendance and by the conference itself.

Published
11 September 2017
From
My Fabulous Disease
The Straight Men Who Have Sex with Trans Women

"Matt's first sexual experience with a trans woman was in 1987, with a girl he picked up on the West Side Highway. This stretch of New York road runs parallel to the Hudson River, from the southern harbors of Manhattan to the Upper West Side. It used to be an infamous pickup spot for trans sex workers. Though Matt loved the sex itself, it wasn't long after orgasm that he felt a throat-clenching sense of anxiety. "I was driving her back and I was so nervous, 'Is someone going to see me?' Absolute fear—HIV, Did I give myself HIV? I was so afraid [thinking of] how I'd tell anybody."

Published
09 September 2017
From
Vice
Trump’s team is rewriting a rule that made transgender health care accessible. Patients are scared.

The Trump administration is working to revise a section of the Affordable Care Act that says federally funded health programs cannot discriminate on the basis of sex. While the Obama administration made clear that this provision required states to cover transgender care through their Medicaid programs, the current administration is no longer enforcing the rule.

Published
05 September 2017
From
STAT
Transgender HIV testing rate about half that of gay, bisexual men

Although transgender people are at high risk for HIV infection, they reported testing for the virus at just over half the rate reported by gay and bisexual men in recent surveys.

Published
29 August 2017
From
Healio
Who are trans women acquiring HIV from?

There is a lot we don’t know about trans women’s HIV risk, why they are so vulnerable to HIV and who trans women are acquiring HIV

Published
29 August 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Why This Trans Guy Stopped Taking Daily PrEP for HIV Prevention

JD Davids writes: "I've found myself taking PrEP for weeks or months without having any real risk of HIV, so clearly it seemed my 'seasons of risk' have changed. I take lots of meds and supplements for three autoimmune diseases and related chronic pain and fatigue -- so, I'm good with having one less pill and two less drugs in the mix. Plus, it now looks as if it will be easier than previously thought for me to get up to protective levels if I want to get back on."

Published
24 August 2017
From
TheBody.com
Trans women wary of antiretroviral drug and hormone interactions

Transgender women living with HIV may be hesitant to use antiretroviral therapy (ART) or not take it as prescribed because of concerns about drug interactions with feminising hormones,

Published
23 August 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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