Author: The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law
Published: 11th Jul 2020
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: Transgender News Publications
Summary: The first study to estimate use of PrEP among transgender people using a national probability sample in the United States.
A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that only 3% of transgender adults in the U.S. who are at high risk for HIV infection use Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). High risk for HIV transmission was defined in the study as those not living with HIV who had had sex with cisgender men and/or transgender women within 5 years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regards PrEP as a highly effective tool to prevent the transmission of HIV. Previous research has shown that transgender people, and particularly transgender women, are disproportionately impacted by HIV.
The current study found that 23% of transgender people who are at high risk for HIV infection have never been tested for HIV, while 46% are tested for HIV annually, as recommended by the CDC. Transgender people of color and those who searched online for LGBT health resources were more likely than other transgender people to be tested regularly as recommended by the CDC.
Slightly less than half (48%) of sexually active transgender people are familiar with PrEP, and 72% of them have a favorable attitude toward it. More sexually active trans men (58%) than trans women (35%) were familiar with PrEP. "That awareness of PrEP was so low among sexually active trans women is concerning given the high rates of HIV among trans women," said the study's principal investigator Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D., Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute. "It is also troubling that a significant percentage of sexually active transgender people are not being tested or taking advantage of advancements that prevent the spread of HIV."
"People who experienced affirmation of their gender identity were more likely to use PrEP than those who didn't experience gender identity affirmation. This suggests that gender affirmation is an important factor in promoting HIV prevention and treatment for transgender people," said Jae Sevelius, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco. "Our findings reinforce the need for gender-affirming PrEP services for transgender people at risk of HIV." Key Findings PrEP
The report, "HIV Testing and PrEP Use in a National Probability Sample of Sexually Active Transgender People in the United States" appears in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and is co-authored by Jae M. Sevelius, Ph.D., Associate Professor with the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco; Tonia Poteat, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill; Winston E. Luhur, B.S., Research Assistant at the Williams Institute; Sari L. Reisner, Sc.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; and Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D., Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute.
Research reported in this report is part of the U.S. Transgender Population Health Survey (TransPop). TransPop is funded by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD grant R01HD090468) and through Supplement to grant R01HD078526 from the National Institutes of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and the Office of Research on Women's Health. The TransPop investigators are: Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. (PI), Walter O. Bockting, Ph.D., Jody L. Herman, Ph.D., and Sari L. Reisner, ScD (Co-Investigators, listed alphabetically).
|Latest Transgender News Publications|
The above information is from our reference library of resources relating to Transgender News that includes:
|Transgender Women Can Still Get Prostate Cancer|
Study finds prostate cancer occurs in transgender women more frequently than published accounts might suggest with about 14 prostate cancer cases per 10,000 transgender women.
Publish Date: 29th Apr 2023 - Updated: 30th Apr 2023
|Gender-Affirming Hormones Improve Transgender and Nonbinary Youth Mental Health|
Evidence from largest study in the United States on the impact of gender-affirming hormones, with longest follow-up.
Publish Date: 21st Jan 2023
|Transgender Youth and Sleep Disorders|
A study finds those who had gender-affirming therapies were less likely to have sleep disorders, suggesting a possible protective effect.
Publish Date: 21st Nov 2022 - Updated: 5th Jan 2023
|Florida to Ban Gender Affirming Care|
Anti-science rule threatens to harm transgender and gender-diverse minors; sets a dangerous precedent for all health care decisions.
Publish Date: 5th Nov 2022
1How Many Genders Are There?
Alphabetical list of gender identities.
2Transgender Reporting Guide
How to write about transgender people.
3Glossary of Sexuality Terms
Definitions of sexual terms & acronyms.
4Glossary of Gender Terms
Definitions of gender related terms.
5Am I Gay? Questions to Ask
Think you may be gay or bisexual?
• Submissions: Send us your coming events and LGBTQ related news stories.
• Report Errors: Please report outdated or inaccurate information to us.
• (APA): The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. (2020, July 11). Only 3% of Sexually Active Transgender People Use PrEP. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved December 7, 2023 from www.sexualdiversity.org/news/transgender/911.php
• Permalink: <a href="https://www.sexualdiversity.org/news/transgender/911.php">Only 3% of Sexually Active Transgender People Use PrEP</a>