AIDS in the TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY…..It’s time to accept and quantify the issue!
Every time I see JoAnne Keatley’s name connected with an issue, I know I am going to be impressed with the commitment and depth of research that is dedicated to the issue.
The first time I became aware of her work was with the World AIDS Conference, held in Melbourne 2014. It was the first time that Transgender people were represented at this conference which is held bi-annually in different global locations. JoAnne headed that push and was the primary speaker on the issue.
In an article by BY JACOB ANDERSON-MINSHALL where he announces that “The Journal of the International AIDS Society” will be running a special issue focused on “HIV Journal Announces Transgender Issue”
In 2012 a systematic and meta-analytic review of transgender women in 15 countries, the data indicated that 19% of this group will likely become HIV positive. In more meaningful terms, this figure is a whopping 49% greater than in the general population. And not to further scare you, but for Female Transgender sex workers they are 9 times more at risk than their CIS gender sisters in the sex industry.
STAGGERING ISNT IT!
Similar data on Transmen is not so readily available. However, indications are that, if not so high as for Transwomen, they are likely to suffer a heightened vulnerability to HIV.
Submissions for this issue have closed on May 29th, but I would still encourage you to submit if you have sufficiently strong issues to present. The suggested topics are (but not limited to):
• HIV clinical and prevention issues for trans people (e.g., HIV drug interactions with gender-affirming medical interventions, integration of gender-affirming medical interventions and HIV care services, mental health care and other service integration needs, substance use)
• Epidemiological and behavioral data addressing HIV risk and prevalence among trans people in countries and regions with little published research (e.g., sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia/Eastern Europe)
• Research and practice addressing HIV-related social and structural issues among trans people, including but not limited to issues such as marginalization and stigmatization, isolation, depression, vulnerability to violence, agency-deprivation, and inadequate standards of care
• Evaluations of service delivery and community-based interventions to improve engagement in the HIV service cascade by trans people
• Field-based policy and programmatic case studies of HIV prevention, care, and treatment efforts for trans people, especially those meaningfully engaging or led by trans people
Joanne Keatley along with Tonia Poteat and Chloe Schwenke will be the guest editors for this special issue.