IAS 2021: New demands for better transgender heath care: No data no more

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base

On 19 July 2021, the first full day of IAS 2021 conference included the launch of a new HIV prevention campaign for better health for transgender people. [1]

The campaign is based on a 24-page manifesto written and informed by trans and gender-diverse (TGD) global activists based on the need for peer-led HIV prevention research with ownership and acceptability in TGD communities. [2, 3]

Demands include:

  • Including the full range of the gender spectrum in clinical trials, including trans men.
  • That data gender-affirming hormonal therapy (GAHT) is available for all biomedical prevention compounds.
  • That research sites are funded to recruit transgender participants and to engage local LGBTQ community, including transgender-led organisations.

The document is published and supported by the US prevention organization AVAC.

Several other sessions at the conference are recommended for their focus on transgender health. [4, 5, 6]


  1. AVAC. No data no more: Manifesto to align HIV prevention research with trans and gender diverse realities.
  2. AVAC. Manifesto summary. (PDF)
  3. Full manifesto. (PDF)
  4. What is missing in the HIV response?: Strengthening HIV programmes for trans populations in the Global South. IAS 2021. Satellite meeting SY16.
  5. Caring for the whole person: Integrating gender-affirming hormone therapy within HIV prevention service. IAS 2021. Oral abstract session OALC06.
  6. Transgender in Latin America 2021 – Sexually transmitted infections and HIV among transgender people: How to make the rates go down? Satellite meeting SA50.

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