Leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20th), people and organizations around the world take time to participate in Trans Awareness Week from November 13th to 19th.
Trans Awareness Week is a time to raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues the population faces. Many participants organize events to serve as educational opportunities to their communities. Events can range from screenings of trans-themed films, such as Paris is Burning, to personal testimonies of local transgender people and the issues they experience in their communities.
In 2017, there were an estimated 1 million transgender adults living in the United States. This population faces unique challenges related to legal protections, poverty, and social stigma, as well as barriers to education, employment, housing, and healthcare.
Transgender individuals, and especially transgender women of color, are disproportionately affected by HIV. Laboratory-confirmed HIV prevalence was 9.2% for transgender people overall (compared to the less than 0.5% prevalence for U.S. adults overall).  According to a 2019 analysis by the CDC, 2,351 transgender people reported an HIV diagnosis between 2009-2014. Of those individuals, 84% were transgender women, 15.4% were transgender men, and 0.7% had another gender identity.
As an organization that is focused on creating a region free of HIV infections and stigmas, Caring Communities recognizes that the transgender community is at higher risk for HIV infection. Our agency strives to help anyone at risk by providing free and confidential HIV and STD testing services in welcoming, stigma-free environments. We also offer PrEP services at our Hazleton and Bloomsburg Clinics. PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily pill that can prevent HIV transmission if someone is exposed to it.
Caring Communities welcomes all genders and identities. If
you or someone you know is interested in learning more about HIV, STDs, PrEP,
or any of our other services, please contact us at 570-829-2700, option 5.