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Transgender women and HIV in South Africa

26 May 2020
12:30 - 14:00

Date: 26 May 2020  

Time: 12h30 – 14h00

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The link of the recording of the Transgender Woman and HIV seminar is available below:


Dr Donald Skinner and Dr Allanise Cloete, Human Sciences Research Council

Leigh Ann van der Merwe, founder of the Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa (SHE)

Transgender women (TGW) constitute an extremely vulnerable, stigmatized and hidden community in South Africa. Stigma and transphobic responses make transwomen more vulnerable, so they constitute a key population for HIV infection. Internationally, the prevalence of HIV amongst the transgender community is considerably higher than the general community. The material for these presentations was drawn from the Botshelo ba Trans sero-prevalence survey of TGW in South Africa, together with qualitative interviews that preceded the survey. The research was done, using a participatory approach, in the cities of Cape Town, Pretoria and East London. The work was all done in collaboration with transinclusive organisations and with the CDC.

Allanise Cloete and Donald Skinner will present two perspectives on Botshelo ba Trans study

Allanise: Results of the first HIV prevalence survey conducted amongst transgender women (TGW) in southern Africa

Donald: Decision making in a complex life. Looking at how transwomen make decisions in relation to personal

For further information contact: Arlene Grossberg

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DSI. Please also note that this seminar may be recorded and published on the HSRC podcast channel.

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