1 December 2021

Still a high risk of HIV infection for transgender people

Transgender people still run a very high risk of HIV infection. On average, one in five trans women worldwide tests HIV positive, and trans men also have an increased risk of HIV. These are the findings of an extensive analysis by Maastricht University (UM). The results show that transgender people are in a vulnerable position and suffer from stigmatisation, the researchers say. They argue that there is an urgent need for increased and more sharply focused attention for HIV prevention among this group, for example using the preventive medicine PrEP. The results of the study were published on World AIDS Day in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.