First South African study to look at HIV prevalence in transgender women
Pretoria, Thursday 4 January 2018 – Initiated and supported by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), will lead the first South African integrated biological and behavioral survey on HIV in transgender women. This study will be supported by various South African and international academic and civil society partners and will commence in January 2018.
This study will be conducted in the Cape Town metropolitan area, in the Western Cape; the Johannesburg metropolitan area in Gauteng; and the Buffalo City Metro in the Eastern Cape. These sites have been selected because of the existence of civil society organisations working with transgender women. These include, Social, Health, Empowerment (S.H.E.) Feminist Collective in East London, Sex Workers’ Advocacy and Education Taskforce (SWEAT), Gender Dynamix and Access Chapter 2 (AC2). The University of California, San Francisco will provide technical assistance.