Source August 12, 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV among Transgender People
“Approximately 90% of MtF and FtM people newly diagnosed with HIV infection were black or Hispanic. Newly diagnosed transgender people were more likely to have been in their teens or twenties than their non-transgender counterparts. Also, among newly diagnosed people, 50% of transgender women had documentation in their medical records of substance use, commercial sex work, homelessness, incarceration, and/or sexual abuse as compared with 31% of other people who were not transgender.”
“Findings from a meta-analysis of 29 published studies showed that 27.7% of transgender women tested positive for HIV infection (4 studies), but when testing was not part of the study, only 11.8% of transgender women self-reported having HIV (18 studies). In one study, 73% of the transgender women who tested HIV-positive were unaware of their status. Studies also indicate that black transgender women are more likely to become newly infected with HIV.”
Not surprisingly, low self esteem and a need of validation are among the main factors for the high rate of HIV infection in the transgender community. It’s important to talk about and not something for the “religious” right to use as a weapon to validate there contention we would just disappear should infected transgender people be ignored and untreated. That’s part of the final solution they are fervently trying to legislate in Uganda’s reanimated “Kill Gay” bill.
The CDC has also released a study of New Resources on HIV amoung Woman and Transgender people