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.

This report was first published on 19 July 2021.

Links to other websites are current at date of posting but not maintained.