Imagine being identified by the wrong gender in the lobby of your own doctor’s office, or having trouble finding a job, or being rejected by your own family, because you are a transgender person.
These situations complicate an already difficult daily experience for trans people, and they increase the risk of HIV among an already-vulnerable population in South Florida, according to a new study by Human Rights Watch.
The research focused on transgender women living with HIV, who face discrimination and lack of access to proper healthcare in Miami-Dade and Broward counties — despite significant government funding for medication and services.
The findings reveal troubling shortcomings in the healthcare systems that are meant to serve marginalized communities — insufficient cultural sensitivity training for medical employees, inadequate data collection to measure HIV’s impact on the transgender community and barriers that make it harder for people to get their medications.
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