Transgender people

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Transgender women are around 49 times more likely to be living with HIV than other adults of reproductive age with an estimated worldwide HIV prevalence of 19%; in some countries the HIV prevalence rate in transgender women is 80 times that of the general adult population. Little data is available for transgender men or other transgender populations.

Transgender people have low rates of access to health and HIV services due a range of issues including violence, legal barriers, stigma and discrimination.

WHO works with international and country partners to address the varied health needs of transgender people, including HIV prevention, diagnosis and treatment while also supporting partners to address structural barriers which impact on service access by transgender people.