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New Report Highlights Impact of Transgender Discrimination on HIV and Health

By Kellee Terrell

February 16, 2011

While we know that transgender Americans have a heightened risk for contracting HIV, we have very little data to help us fully understand how prevalent HIV is among this community and what kind of role transgender discrimination plays. To help bridge this knowledge gap and shed light on an overlooked community, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality have released findings from the first large-scale national study on transgender people in the U.S.

Based on responses from over 6,400 transgender Americans, "Injustice at Every Turn" touches on a range of areas, including discrimination in education, health care, employment and housing. But most importantly for our readers it shows how these aspects impact and are connected to HIV/AIDS.

The report, which incorporates the voices of transgender participants along with the actual data, paints an alarming picture. In terms of HIV, here are some of their findings:

In lieu of the rates of HIV infection and other health concerns, the report also handed down recommendations that speak to overwhelming need for:

Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, stated, "This survey is a call to the conscience of every American who believes that everyone has the right to a fair chance to work hard, to have a roof overhead, and to support a family. Equality, not discrimination, is the ideal that Americans believe in, have fought for, and need to apply here."

Read the rest of the report's findings in the executive summary or the full report.

Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.




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