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Transgender in Africa: Invisible, Inaccessible, or Ignored?
Transgender in Africa: Invisible, Inaccessible, or Ignored?

This journal article was published in 2012 in the SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS, reviews an almost total lack of research focusing on transgender populations in Africa, which the authors conclude points to an important overlooked need. High HIV prevalence and levels of HIV risk among transgender populations globally suggest that there is likely to be a similar situation in African transgender populations, which would necessitate the development and implementation of HIV programmes specific to transgender needs. And the ongoing lack of data means that transgender HIV prevention and health care needs continue to be subsumed by organisations focusing on MSM or LGBT programmes more generally. Without gender-sensitive research and an improved understanding of gender identity among researchers, governments and NGOs, it is likely that transgender Africans’ HIV treatment, care and prevention needs will continue to be overlooked. Transgender Africans, therefore, may or may not be inaccessible, but they are currently invisible in epidemiological research, and they are almost certainly being ignored.  

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

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