CDC Issue Brief: HIV and the Transgender Community

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an issue brief outlining the importance of involving the transgender community in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The brief highlighted the lack of reliable HIV surveillance data for transgender populations. Acknowledging that HIV in transgender communities is a complex topic with compounding social issues, the CDC cited social rejection and stigma; intimate partner violence or physical abuse; difficulty accessing education, employment, and housing; and lack of access to HIV testing, diagnosis, care, and prevention as challenges associated with increased risk of HIV among transgender people. Also included in the brief were specific actions the CDC is taking to address insufficient prevention methods, the lack of surveillance data, and the need for collective action in combating the epidemic.

Read the brief.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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