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Terrence Higgins Trust launches UK’s first health resource for transgender people

Terrence Higgins Trust have launched two new guides with health and wellbeing advice for transgender people.

The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched two new guides with health and wellbeing advice for transgender people, the first guide of its kind in the UK.

Currently, research into transgender health is fairly patchy, however, there is a growing consensus that transgender people have a much higher risk of contracting HIV and other sexual diseases.

At this year’s International AIDS Conference in Washington, delegates heard that as many as 68% of trans women (those labelled male at birth but who identify as female) in the US may be living with HIV, and in Europe it’s estimated that between 11.5% and 57% have HIV. There is however a stark contrast in the UK, with only 0.5% of the British population being at risk, and 5% among gay and bisexual men.

Terrence Higgins Trust has produced two guides; one for trans women and another for transmen (those labelled female at birth but who identify as male), with the hope of improving the health of trans people living in the UK. The guides aim to provide trans people with information and advice on a number of issues, from how to guard against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, to more specific support for anyone considering or going through gender confirmation surgery – also known as gender reassignment surgery.

As well as this, both guides offer advice on broader wellbeing, including body image, disclosure and relationships.

Trans Awareness Facilitator at Terrence Higgins Trust, Michelle Ross said, ‘It’s becoming increasingly clear that trans people today face a range of issues that place them at increased risk of infection. We know, for example, that many trans people have ongoing problems around body image and self esteem, which can lead them to take serious risks with their health.’

‘We are hugely proud of these new resources, and hope they will give more trans people – both here in the UK and further afield – the support and confidence they need to take control of their sexual health and live happier, healthier lives.’

For further information on Terrence Higgins Trust’s services for transgender people, please email [email protected] or [email protected].




  1. ReginaKleinzeller

    17 Sep 2012 at 15:49

    I don’t know where you heard 68% of trans women are living with AIDS in the US, but that’s an absurd and even inflammatory figure. What you’re likely referencing was a study of trans women street sex workers in San Francisco done in the 1990s specifically sampled at a few health centers which specialize in that population for the purposes of facilitating harm reduction programs. Please don’t quote numbers like that without bothering to read the studies and find out what they actually represent.  I hope your trans health guides are more accurate.

    • James Moore

      17 Sep 2012 at 16:54

       @ReginaKleinzeller Hey Regina, thanks for your comment. The statistics presented in the article come directly from Terrence Higgins Trust themselves, alongside the research they conduct.

      • ReginaKleinzeller

        17 Sep 2012 at 20:06

        James, that statistic is not ANY KIND of research done by the Terrence Higgins Trust (which is an English organization and doesn’t do research in the US). It is directly quoted (incorrectly) from here:
        I know this study well, (it was sponsored by the University of California’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies) and it’s exactly the one I referenced. It was NEVER any kind of a study of “trans women” but was a study of 3 health centers in poor neighborhoods frequented by trans sex workers. It was always about a very small sampling from a specific subsection of the trans community. Would you like it said 90% of all gay men are HIV positive based on a study, when the study was of specific populations which did highly risky behavior? And what do you think would be the social implication of repeating such falsehoods?

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