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15 January 2018

SA Launches First HIV Study Focussing on Transgender Women


The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will be conducting the first South African study into the prevalence of HIV among transgender women.

This study will be conducted in Cape Town, Johannesburg and the Buffalo City Metro in the Eastern Cape beginning later this month.

The study was initiated and supported by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and will be supported by various South African and international academic and civil society partners.

“Through this study, we hope to contribute towards a deeper understanding of how HIV is affecting the transgender women population in South Africa. Globally, transgender women have been shown to be at high risk for HIV infection,” said HSRC’s Deputy CEO: Research, Professor Leickness Simbayi.

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