HIV/AIDS

Transgender people

Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and expression does not conform to the norms and expectations traditionally associated with the sex assigned to them at birth; it includes people who are transsexual, transgender or otherwise considered gender non-conforming. Transgender people may self-identify as transgender, female, male, transwoman or transman, trans-sexual, or, by a variety of indigenous terms used in specific cultures, such as hijra (India), kathoey (Thailand), waria (Indonesia), or one of many other transgender identities. They may express their gender in a variety of masculine, feminine and/or androgynous ways. The high vulnerability and specific health needs of transgender people necessitate a distinct and independent status in the global HIV response.

Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV/AIDS 2011-2015: Let’s do what’s right for everyone

Global Hepatitis Programme

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World Health Organization
HIV/AIDS Department
20, Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland
Email: hiv-aids@who.int