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Targeting Transgenders: Expanding HIV Responses to Reach India’s Transgender and Hijra Communities
Targeting Transgenders: Expanding HIV Responses to Reach India’s Transgender and Hijra Communities

Transgender and hijra vulnerability to HIV is gaining increased attention from the Indian government. The most recent official national HIV prevalence estimate for transgenders is 8.82% (NACO, 2012), however other studies show up to 41% in certain areas. While reliable population estimates are not available, research suggests that transgenders in India may number as many as 750,000. Until recently, transgenders were considered a subcategory of MSM in the Indian national HIV strategy (NACP III), rather than a distinct gender identity.This poster, produced by the India HIV/AIDS Alliance, maintains that while significant challenges remain, the active engagement of government in partnership with civil society has been essential to the development of large-scale transgender HIV and health interventions in India. Further scale-up will be required to reach all vulnerable transgenders and hijras.

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Media type: Document
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Language: English
Key population: Trans*
Theme(s): Human rights

Strengthening community capacity through the provision of peer-led technical support.