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National Transgender HIV Testing Day 2019
April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day, established by the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California, San Francisco. This day serves as a call to action to promote HIV testing, prevention, and treatment efforts for transgender communities and work with all transgender people to protect their health through testing and knowing their HIV status. Transgender women and men are at high risk for getting HIV. According to current estimates, about 1 in 7 (14%) transgender women have HIV, and the percentage is much higher among black/African American (44%) and Hispanic/Latina (26%) transgender women. An estimated 3% of transgender men have HIV. Expanding culturally appropriate, focused HIV testing efforts is one key to eliminating these disparities and reducing HIV’s impact on transgender communities. To learn more about CDC’s HIV prevention activities focused on transgender populations, read this Dear Colleague letter from Dr. Eugene McCray, Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.