amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Lessons From the Front Lines: Trans Health and Rights

Little data exists on HIV among transgender or trans populations in many countries, but a recent study analyzing the available data reports that, globally, the HIV rate among the trans population is approximately 49 times the rate among the general population—and more than double the rate among men who have sex with men (MSM). Too often, however, countries do not have HIV programs tailored to reach this community or to meet their specific health needs, leaving trans individuals with little access to healthcare. Since 2007, amfAR’s GMT Initiative has provided technical and financial support to community organizations working to combat HIV among trans individuals (and gay men and other MSM) in low- and middle-income countries.

In our new report titled Lessons from the Front Lines: Trans Health and Rights, produced in collaboration with Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), we profile ten of our grantee partners, many of which are led by trans individuals and are pioneers in working with the trans community in their respective countries. The report examines their efforts to gather data on the trans population, provide them with HIV and other health services, and advocate for their rights. It also details the challenges they have faced, how those challenges were confronted, solved, or incorporated into new strategies, and the lessons learned.

The report is available in English and Spanish.

Other reports from the GMT Initiative’s Lessons From the Front Lines series are available here.