The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched the website, Transforming Health: Patient-Centered HIV Prevention and Care, to provide information and materials to help reduce new HIV infections and improve the health of transgender people with HIV. The website content focuses on transgender women, one of the populations most at risk for HIV, but many of the tools and information are designed for use in patient-centered care for all transgender patients. The website has materials for health care providers, whole-care teams, social service providers and transgender people.
Through this site, CDC is working to support health care providers to deliver patient-centered HIV care for transgender patients, increase the number of transgender people who get an HIV test and practice prevention strategies, and increase the number of HIV-positive transgender people who get and stay in care. The site offers a CME/CEU web-based training, entitled Delivering HIV Prevention and Care to Transgender People, that presents the latest data on transgender women and HIV and information on HIV treatment and prevention. The site also includes guidelines and protocols, as well as links to additional trainings from other federal agencies and organizations.
For transgender people, the site includes information on HIV prevention and how to stay healthy if HIV-positive. Also, videos on this site and others across CDC's Act Against AIDS campaigns showcase transgender people sharing their experiences to help raise awareness, fight stigma, encourage HIV prevention and testing, and promote the importance of getting and staying in care. Factsheets, posters and palm cards also are available for download.
I hope you will visit this site and use the information and materials available to help stop HIV and improve the health of transgender people.