The fourth annual National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD) will be observed on Thursday, April 18. The event is organized by the University of California-San Francisco’s Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (CoE). According to the CoE, NTHTD is a day to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness, and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender people. This initiative encourages community-based organizations, health jurisdictions, and HIV prevention programs to participate by hosting local trans HIV testing in their community and distributing trans-specific HIV testing campaign materials and resources.
As part of the NTHTD initiative, the CoE has developed a Transgender HIV Testing Toolkit, which includes five modules designed to reflect the most current HIV prevention research and best practices for serving trans and gender non-binary people. The modules are: 1) Get the Facts about Trans People and HIV; 2) HIV Testing and Enhanced Communication Approaches with Trans People; 3) Building Capacity to Increase HIV Testing Efforts for Trans People; 4) Community Engagement and National HIV Transgender HIV Testing Day; and 5) NTHTD and Toolkit Resources. The CoE has also produced other resources for the testing day, including a condensed toolkit for health departments and testing placards in English and Spanish.
To support activities commemorating NTHTD, we have compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on HIV/AIDS among transgender people.
Center of Excellence for Transgender Health – Website that includes many resources on transgender health
Transgender Persons – CDC’s compilation of resources and fact sheets related to transgender health
Transforming Health: Patient-Centered HIV Prevention and Care campaign – CDC initiative and associated website that provides information and materials for health care providers, whole-care teams, social service providers, and transgender people, with the goal of reducing new HIV infections and improving the health of transgender people who are living with HIV
Transgender Health – Resource page from Fenway Health
National LGBT Health Education Center – Program of The Fenway Institute
Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders (SAGE) – Organization that provides services and advocacy for LGBT elders
LGBTQIA+ – Resource with a list of articles, trainings, and online publications compiled by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center at the University of California-San Francisco
All Children-All Families: Benchmarks of LGBTQ Cultural Competency – from the Human Rights Campaign
Selected Articles and Abstracts
“We Have a Stronger Survival Mode”: Exploring Knowledge Gaps and Culturally Sensitive Messaging of PrEP Among Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men and Latina Transgender Women in Los Angeles, CA (AIDS Care)
Computer-Mediated Communication to Facilitate Synchronous Online Focus Group Discussions: Feasibility Study for Qualitative HIV Research Among Transgender Women Across the United States (Journal of Medical Internet Research)
Longitudinal Analysis of Syndemic Psychosocial Problems Predicting HIV Risk Behavior Among a Multicity Prospective Cohort of Sexually Active Young Transgender Women in the United States (Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes)
Hepatitis C Seroprevalence and Engagement in Related Care and Treatment Among Trans Women (Journal of Viral Hepatitis)
Partnership-Level Correlates of Sexual Risk Taking Within the Sexual Partnerships of Young Transwomen in San Francisco, California (Sexually Transmitted Infections)
Challenges in HIV infection Control in Transgender Women Sex Workers (Lancet Public Health)
Transgender Identity and Experiences of Violence Victimization, Substance Use, Suicide Risk, and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among High School Students – 19 States and Large Urban School Districts, 2017 (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Drivers of HIV Infection Among Cisgender and Transgender Female Sex Worker Populations in Baltimore City: Results from the SAPPHIRE Study (Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes)
Reduction in Gaps in High CD4 Count and Viral Suppression Between Transgender and Cisgender Persons Living with HIV in New York City, 2007-2016 (American Journal of Public Health)
Estimating the Prevalence of HIV and Sexual Behaviors Among the U.S. Transgender Population: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, 2006–2017 (American Journal of Public Health)