The Wisconsin HIV Program is the lead agency in Wisconsin government responsible for coordinating the state’s public health response to the HIV epidemic.
National Transgender HIV Testing Day
April 18, 2019
National Transgender HIV Testing Day is observed each year on April 18 and focuses on the importance of HIV testing, prevention, and treatment among transgender people. This awareness day encourages local testing events and testing campaigns to increase HIV status awareness in transgender populations.
Since 1985, 70 transgender individuals have been diagnosed with HIV in Wisconsin (8 female-to-male and 62 male-to-female), of which 39 were Black, 18 were Hispanic, and 53 were under age 30 at the time of diagnosis.
While data collection on self-reported gender identity has improved, it is likely that current statistics underestimate the actual number of diagnoses among transgender individuals in Wisconsin. This underscores the importance of HIV testing among transgender populations.
The 41 most recent diagnoses that occurred among transgender individuals between 2009 and 2018 were attributed to sexual contact (n=35) or both sexual contact and injection drug use (n=1). The transmission category is unknown for five people.
For information on the impact of HIV in transgender people and additional information on National Transgender HIV Testing Day, visit the following websites:
The statewide plan for HIV prevention and care services in Wisconsin
Website of statewide HIV community planning and training of HIV prevention and care service providers funded by the Wisconsin HIV Program
Technical information for agencies funded by the HIV Program
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