The National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD) will be observed on April 18, 2018. UCSF’s Center of Excellence for Transgender Health has led this initiative to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender and gender non-binary people.
In the United States, it is estimated that around 1.4 million adults identify as transgender. Transgender women are at high risk of having HIV and of contracting HIV. Transgender women of color, especially Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina women, experience disproportionately high rates of HIV. There is a gap in research on HIV and transgender men; few studies have gathered HIV prevalence data for this population.
The CoE encourages community-based organizations, health jurisdictions and HIV prevention programs to host local transgender HIV testing community events and/or develop trans-specific HIV testing campaign materials and resources in support of NTHTD.
The CoE has listed a variety of NTHTD resources and information below, please feel free to tailor content to your local trans community’s voice and just be sure to use the #TransHIV, #NTHTD, and #DoingIt hashtags wherever possible so we can find and share your activities!