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Trans women 49 times more likely to have HIV

Using multiple studies and assessing over 11,000 women from around the world, a study has found HIV is highly prevalant among trans women.

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30th April 2013 08:50

Alessia Valenza

Suggesting nearly a fifth of all trans women worldwide have HIV, the study involved over 11,000 women in 15 different countries from around the world.

Published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the authors say: ‘Our findings suggest that transgender women are a very high burden population for HIV and are in urgent need of prevention, treatment and care services.’

The data, conducted between 2000 and 2011, was only available from ‘male-predominant HIV epidemics’ including the US, three European countries, five Latin American countries and six Asia-Pacific countries.

The investigators believe many of the infections will have been acquired via unprotected anal sex, and trans women are more likely to engage in sex work.

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