Barriers to PrEP implementation for transgender people worldwide

Radix A Lost in Translation: PrEP Implementation and Transgender People. Tenth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019), Mexico City, session MOPL01, 2019.

Dr Asa Radix gave a plenary presentation at the recent 10th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico about the multiple challenges facing transgender people when it comes to preventing HIV infection globally. Radix, a transgender man himself, remarked upon the significance of transgender issues being brought to the fore by being featured on the main stage of this conference for the first time. He is the Senior Director of Research and Education at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Centre as well as an Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University.

He framed his talk about HIV prevention within the context of transgender discrimination worldwide: “Wherever you are in the world, whether it’s in the United States or in South Africa or in China, there are certain things that many trans people find in common… trans people are subject to alarming rates of stigma, discrimination, violence and hate.”

Trans people represent a particularly vulnerable group as a result of social and structural vulnerabilities to HIV infection as well as barriers to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) access and adherence. Radix outlined these challenges and the potential for improvements at different points along the PrEP care continuum for trans people. Read more via AIDSmap

Watch the presentation at IAS

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