HIV is one of the most dangerous transmitted diseases. It can be transmitted from person to person sexually or by using any infected injections. Many people lack awareness regarding HIV and also about having safe sex. Many people who suffer from HIV don’t even know about it, and the lack of education transmits it to other people. In recent studies, it has been come up that certain communities of people tend to have a higher chance of having HIV. One such community is the transgender women community.
Transgender Women Are More Prone To Have HIV: CDC
According to a recent study, every 4 out of 10 transgender women have HIV or human immunodeficiency viruses. There is an urgent need to provide more prevention and treatment, according to the US Centre reports; an interview was conducted for more than 1,600 transgender women from various parts of the world, namely Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Atlanta, SanFrancisco, Seattle, etc. In 2019 the researchers tested the subjects for HIV and found that almost 420 out of 1000 transgender women had HIV. For those who are unaware, a transgender woman is a woman who is male at birth but later identified as female.
Reports also found racial, regional, and community differences in the HIV patients. Almost 70 out of 100 whitish transgender women, 62 out of 100 black transgender, and 35 out of 100 Hispanic transgender women had HIV. The survey was conducted among transgender women, and it was noticed that most of them were below the poverty line and were homeless in the past few years. These data give the USA a clear picture of the condition of transgender women and their suffering from HIV. They also face many criticisms of being from other communities and have to face social and economic crises. This includes racism, discrimination, and transphobia.
In order to overcome this, the health sector and the public Union sector need to show up together in order to prevent and come up with solutions based on gender neutrality and break the social norms to protect the transgender community. The transgender woman community should be made aware of their status, and HIV testing must prevent and reduce the expansion of HIV. It can also become a mass movement for the transgender community to save their lives and to make aware of the responsibility of every citizen and progress responsibly.
The pre-exposure prophylaxis was only accepted by around 32% of the HIV-free community. PrEP is for those people who are at risk of getting exposure to HIV from sex or any injection drug usage at different intervals. Taking into consideration the benefits of the PrEP, it is very effective in preventing HIV if taken correctly and according to the doctor’s prescription. Many transgender women prevent themselves from using PrEP due to various reasons like lack of awareness, mistrust, side effects, etc. Gender affirmation hormones have been taken by around 67% of the HIV-free women who are transgender who participated in the survey.