Wednesday, December 8, 2010

From The National Center for Transgender Equality - Important HIV/AIDS Prevention Study Included Transgender Women

Last week, NCTE focused on HIV/AIDS awareness for World AIDS Day. We recognize that we must focus on this issue year round because HIV/AIDS affects transgender people at disproportionate rates. Transgender people’s HIV infection rates show that there is still much work left to do to eliminate discrimination and improve people’s lives. A recent study included transgender women, which is an important step forward.

Medical researchers around the country have been working hard to provide effective treatments for HIV and AIDS and to prevent the disease from spreading. The scientific community is currently abuzz with news that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with an antiretroviral medication may be effective to prevent HIV infection for people who are at highest risk for infection. The study that focused on this issue was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It focused on gay men, bisexual men, and transgender women who have sex with men. The study was conducted in six countries. All study participants were educated on how they can reduce their risk of HIV infection. Half of the participants were given the PrEP treatment while the other half were given a placebo. The medication used was TDF/FTC, whose brand name is Truvada...

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