PACHA Releases Recommendations to Curb Spread of HIV/AIDS Among Transgender People
April 9, 2013
Recently the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) released recommendations on how to address the high rates of HIV/AIDS among transgender communities.
The fifteen recommendations are derived from the ways that discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people drives HIV transmission and risk behaviors for contracting the disease. For instance, because transgender individuals can be legally refused services in hospitals and health care settings (indeed, only 16 states have non-discrimination protections for gender identity/expression), they are less likely to seek or obtain preventative or continual care that could test and treat for HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions.
Additionally, because transgender people are largely unprotected in education, employment, housing, and public accommodations, (this includes you, New York! Pass GENDA Now!) this population is less likely to have steady employment/income and are therefore more likely to utilize "underground economies" such as sex work and are at high risk for incarceration. These factors drive transgender individuals risk for HIV/AIDS. What's more is that transgender women and transgender people of color are especially at risk for HIV infection.
To help curb the disease among transgender individuals, PACHA's recommendations include:
You can read the full recommendations here.
Let's hope that these recommendations come to fruition to stop the marginalization and health disparities of transgender and gender non-conforming people.
This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update. Visit Housing Works' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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