MMWR: HIV Partner Service Delivery Among Transgender Women — United States, 2013–2017

HIV partner services for transgender women must address social and structural barriers unique to this population.

When a person receives a diagnosis of HIV, public health workers collect information about that person’s sexual and needle-sharing partners. Partners are notified of potential HIV exposure and offered HIV testing. CDC analyzed HIV partner services data submitted by 61 health departments from 2013 to 2017. During that time, 1,727 transgender women received a diagnosis of HIV. Fewer transgender women diagnosed with HIV were interviewed than the population of people diagnosed with HIV (72% and 81%). Fewer transgender women partners (71%) were notified of potential HIV exposure than all partners (77%), and fewer than half (47%) of these transgender women received an HIV test. Findings varied by age, race/ethnicity, and geography.

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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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