SA to conduct first-ever HIV study on transgender women

CATEGORY: HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB
DATE: 4 January 2018
AUTHOR: The Citizen

The study aims to identify the social, structural, economic and cultural factors that are related to HIV infection in transgender women.

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on Thursday said that it would be conducting the first South African integrated biological and behavioural survey on HIV in transgender women looking at HIV prevalence in South African transgender women.

This study will be conducted in the Cape Town, Johannesburg, and the Buffalo City Metro in the Eastern Cape beginning later this month.

The HSRC said that these sites were selected because of the existence of civil society organisations working with transgender women to provide technical assistance, including the Feminist Collective in East London, and the Sex Workers’ Advocacy and Education Taskforce (SWEAT) among others.

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