September 12, 2015

Saturday Plenary: Transgender Women of Color and HIV in the South

Saturday’s plenary began with a powerful presentation from transgender women of color highlighting the critical need for more trans people of color led initiatives as trans and gender non-conforming people of color are disproportionately impacted by physical violence and HIV/AIDS.

The plenary continued with an overview of the challenges that the South faces in the fight against HIV. In 2013 more than half (51%) of those diagnosed with HIV in the country were from the South, a region that also has the highest number of African Americans living with HIV. Discussions focused on the intersection of race, stigma, HIV criminalization, lack of Medicaid expansion and high rates of new HIV infections in the South.