April 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm EST | by Staff reports
Study finds trans women heavily affected by HIV
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NEW YORK — Transgender women were nearly 49 times more likely to have HIV compared to a reference population according to a new study at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the Huffington Post and other news outlets reported last week.

A team of researchers studied figures on trans women in 15 countries over the span of a decade and compared them to adults of similar reproductive age in those populations. Researchers said previous studies have often failed to research figures for trans women who face stigma all over the world despite wealth or region.

The study was published last month in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS passed a resolution in response to the findings that makes 15 recommendations to combat the disproportionately high rates.

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