Researchers in the US have revealed that only 48% of the country’s sexually active trans people are aware of HIV-prevention drug PrEP, and that only three percent of them use it.
The new study by the Williams Institute additionally revealed that while 58% of trans men knew about the medication, only 35% of trans women did.
Researchers also reported that 23% of transgender people who are at high risk of HIV infection have never taken a HIV test, while only 46% have the test on an annual basis.
The study’s main researcher, Dr Ilan Meyer, is reported by Gay Star News as saying: “That awareness of PrEP was so low among sexually active trans women is concerning, given the high rates of HIV among trans women.
“It is also troubling that a significant percentage of sexually active transgender people are not being tested or taking advantage of advancements that prevent the spread of HIV.”
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