To Combat HIV, LGBT Americans Need To Wrestle With Some Hard Truths

To Combat HIV, LGBT Americans Need To Wrestle With Some Hard Truths

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a survey reporting that 4 in 10 males identifying as female who live in large cities are HIV-positive. Described as one of the most comprehensive surveys of the “transgender population,” approximately 1,600 Americans polled from seven major cities were asked a series of questions about their sex lives and experiences with HIV.

The CDC states, “These findings demonstrate the pressing need for scaled-up HIV prevention and care strategies for transgender women. CDC is actively working to address disparities through strategic program funding and partnerships throughout the nation.”

Commenting on the data, Demetre Daskalakis, director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention argues, “These data provide a clear and compelling picture of the severe toll of HIV among transgender women and the social and economic factors — including systemic racism and transphobia — that are contributing to this unacceptable burden.” Daskalakis continued, “Reducing HIV in these communities will require that public

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