South African researchers are investigating the prevalence of HIV among transgender women in the country, in a first-of-its-kind study.
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) expects 900 respondents to participate.
The study's director Annalise Keator says the research aims to help better manage the HIV pandemic within marginalised groups such as transgender women.
The study is in in collaboration with civil society groups such as Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa (S.H.E.), Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Task force (SWEAT) and Access Chapter 2.
This study is groundbreaking, as it is the first study of its kind to determine the percentage of transgender women who are HIV positive in South Africa.— Annalise Keator, Human Sciences Research Council researcher
As far as we are aware, it's the first study of its kind that has been launched among transgender women in Africa.— Annalise Keator, Human Sciences Research Council researcher
In many ways, we are unable to respond adequately to the HIV-prevention needs of transgender women. This study hopes to contribute towards a deeper understanding.— Annalise Keator, Human Sciences Research Council researcher
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