Campaign for trans women declares ‘We are Greater Than AIDS’
Transgender women are among those at highest risk for HIV today: in America, the CDC estimates one in four trans women in the US is living with HIV, and among black trans women it's one in two.
In response, a new video series – Greater Than AIDS – gives voice to transgender women to share their own narrative about HIV.
Produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the UCSF Center of Excellence in Transgender Health, with funding from ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Programme, Empowered: Trans Women & HIV confronts the social stigma facing many transgender women and promotes actions to improve health and well-being.
“We’ve come a long way,” says JoAnne Keatley, from the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.
“We don’t have to live in the shadows anymore, but we still have more work to do. We are not yet where we need to be when it comes to HIV and its impact on trans women.
“With this video series, we take a huge step forward as a community in bringing these issues into the light.”
Anchored by an intimate and inspiring conversation, a diverse group of trans women, including some living with HIV and others who are not, share challenging moments of diagnosis, disclosure, discrimination, and the loss of close friends, as well as triumphs of finding gender-affirming health care providers, learning about PrEP and transitioning safely while on HIV treatment.
More information on the program here.