THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — The Lancet, a peer-review medical journal, published a study earlier this year that suggested transgender women are upwards of 50 times more vulnerable to the HIV virus than the general public.
In addition, Harvey Makadon, director of the National LGBT Health Education, stated that some studies suggested that more than half of transgender women of color have the HIV virus.
While this is another a splash of cold water in the face reminder of the dismal conditions that exist for us, many in the trans community know these numbers are the result of rejection from society leading many to joblessness then homelessness. The number of trans people having no other option but to do sex work to survive skew the results. Regardless, the numbers are simply horrific and those of us doing sex work ought to take extraordinary steps to avoid becoming a statistic.
The Lancelot study: HIV Surveillance and Prevention in Transgender Women: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(12)70326-2
Trans women of color and the HIV virus: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1446468/pdf/11392934.pdf
Facts on trans people and HIV from the Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/transgender/
THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT is associated with Wipe Out Transphobia: http://www.wipeouttransphobia.com/
Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/