With Missing the Target 11, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition aims to catalyze research and advocacy from a community perspective to expose and address the stigma, discrimination, and human rights abuses that key affected populations face in accessing HIV treatment. ITPC defined key populations for this report, as those who self identify as any of the following:
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI)
orphans affected by HIV
people who use drugs
sex workers; and/or
women living with HIV
A webcast of the LINKAGES Rights in Action Meeting on Data for Decision Making for Key Populations, which occurred on December 4, 2015. Rights in Action speeches revolved around ensuring access to HIV services for men who have sex with other men, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and transgender people.
Released on International Human Rights Day, a disturbing and sobering report from MSMGF examines levels of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world, revealing a high frequency of brutal attacks across all regions. The report indicates that activists and HIV service providers are especially vulnerable, with attacks against community leaders resulting in interruptions to life-saving HIV services. The report underscores the urgent need for real, institutionalized protections for marginalized communities.
Extensive barriers remain to sufficiently addressing transgender needs in the HIV epidemic, and little work has been done to document good practices for engaging key donors such as the Global Fund.This report, commissioned by the IRGT: A Global Network of Transgender Women and HIV, examines relevant literature and identifies key themes through six semi-structured interviews with transgender community activists, civil society organization representatives, and officials from the Global Fund and other major HIV donors.
The National Center for Innovation in HIV Care published this issue brief on transgender women and PrEP, which examines the inclusion of transgender women in PrEP research and reviews the recent Lancet article about data from the iPrEx and OLE studies. It also addresses concerns related to feminizing hormones and PrEP efficacy.
The 2015 guidelines published by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS make a strong case for public health systems to form strategic linkages with community-based health services. This represents a critical opportunity for community-based role players and service providers to collaborate within their communities and beyond to establish community-based comprehensive and resilient systems for health.
This paper offers an overview and critique of mapping, population size estimates and unique identifier codes and how they are used. Some of the threats associated with these practices, and the strategies that are used to keep people safe and data confidential and secure, are discussed.