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New UNDP report: 'Lost in Transition: Transgender People, Rights and HIV Vulnerability in the Asia-Pacific Region'

in THAILAND, 20/05/2012

The UNDP and Asia Pacific Transgender Network have released a groundbreaking study on the rights and extreme vulnerabilities of transgender people to HIV. See below launch message and links to the report and full press release for more details.

Dear colleagues,

Today, on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre and the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) jointly released the Lost in Transition: Transgender People, Rights and HIV Vulnerability in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The report aims to provide a research framework to guide governments, civil society, donors and key stakeholders to design and produce relevant research as part of collective effort to reduce the extreme vulnerability of transgender people to HIV, while protecting their rights in the Asia-Pacific Region. The conceptualization and development process underlying this report arose out of two meetings: the Asia Pacific Regional Dialogue of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law held on 17 February 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand and the Men Who Have Sex With Men and Transgender Popula tions Multi-City HIV Initiative Regional Action Planning Meeting held on 6-9 December 2010 in Hong Kong.

During both meetings transgender participants called for increased targeted research relating to transgender persons, human rights and access to health services.

The regional HIV epidemic among transgender people is strongly linked to stigma and prejudice. This review, focusing on the literature post-2000, seeks to examine literature on laws, regulations, policies and practices that prompt, reinforce, reflect or express stigma and prejudice towards transgender people. It seeks to identify vulnerabilities to HIV and barriers to access or uptake of HIV related healthcare services, and attempts to establish a research agenda aimed at providing the sort of data that will enable a reduction in future risk, as well as better access to treatment, care and support for transgender people living with HIV.

The report can be downloaded at http://www.snap-undp.org/elibrary/Publications/HIV-TG-people-rights.pdf.

The Press Release can be downloaded at http://asiapacific.undp.org/practices/hivaids/documents/transgenderreportpressrelease_final_16May12.pdf

Best regards,

Edmund Settle
Policy Specialist
HIV, Human Rights and Governance
Asia-Pacific Regional Centre
United Nations Development Programme

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