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(EDGE) A policy brief released in December by the National Center
for Innovation in HIV Care -- a program of The Fenway Institute, AIDS
United, and ARCW -- examines questions that have been raised about
the interaction between feminizing hormones used by transgender
women, and the medication currently approved for use as pre-exposure
prophylaxis for HIV prevention (PrEP). It calls on the scientific
community to conduct more research on PrEP with transgender
women, and urges transgender women who are HIV-negative to discuss
PrEP with their doctors as a potential option for helping them stay HIV-
Transgender women are 49 times more likely to have HIV than the
general population, and approximately 20 percent of transgender
women worldwide are living with HIV. Black transgender women are
three times more likely than White and Latina transgender women to
be living with HIV. Until an analysis of two PrEP clinical trials involving
transgender women was published in The Lancet in November
2015, however, there was no data indicating efficacy of PrEP among
transgender women. As a result, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has
not yet issued guidance on the use of PrEP among transgender women.
"Transgender women are a priority population in HIV prevention
and treatment, and need to be a priority population in PrEP research,"
said Sean Cahill, PhD, co-author of the issue brief and Director of
Curriculum and Policy at the National Center for Innovation in HIV
Care. "More research is needed to demonstrate that PrEP is effective for
transgender women and to better understand any interaction between
PrEP and feminizing hormones. In the meantime, PrEP is a prevention
option that transgender women should consider in consultation with
their medical providers."
The policy brief, "Transgender women and pre-exposure prophylaxis
for HIV prevention: What we know and what we still need to know" is
available at http://bit.ly/1Ur4l9L .
More Research Needed on PrEP Use in
Anti-Gay, Racist Incidents Mar
Philadelphia's Mummers Parade
(AP) Philadelphia's incoming mayor and some organizers of the
city's annual New Year's Day parade called for increased sensitivity on
Saturday, a day after some participants mocked Caitlyn Jenner, were
accused of harassing gays and painted their faces brown to portray
The 116-year-old Mummers Parade - often characterized as the city's
version of Mardi Gras - has faced annual criticism for its lack of diversity
and racial insensitivity.
Critics found the activities of some amateur performance groups,
called brigades, offensive again this year. One member dressed like
Jenner, who won a 1976 Olympic gold medal in decathlon as Bruce Jenner
before recently transitioning to a transgender woman. And a gay man
who was out walking a dog accused the same group of assaulting him but
did not file charges.
That brigade, Finnegan NYB, displayed signs of a Wheaties box
picturing Bruce Jenner alongside a box of Froot Loops picturing Caitlyn
Jenner. A man with that group was seen shouting expletives about gays
in a video shot by New York Daily News editor Nick Kurczewski, Philly.
com reported Saturday.
Michael Inemer Sr., who identified himself as a captain of the Finnegan
Mummers group, refused to apologize for the Jenner display, saying it
was a parody in keeping with the parade's history that includes cross-
dressing. He did apologize for the marcher who shouted against gays.
Before apologizing, the Finnegan NYB group tweeted a photo of a
Mummer holding a sign saying, "Mummers Lives Matter" - an apparent
reference to the Black Lives Matter group that has protested the deaths of
blacks at the hands of police in various parts of the country.
The incidents during this year's parade occurred even after organizers
created the "Philadelphia Division," which was meant to diversify the
parade with two new Hispanic performance groups, a black drill team
and the LGBT Miss Fancy Brigade.
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