Violence Against Transgender Women In Latin America Thwarts HIV Efforts

Violence Against Transgender Women In Latin America Thwarts HIV Efforts
By Hope Gillette, Huffington Post, 04 Mar 2013

HIV prevalence among transgender women in Latin American countries is significantly higher (35 percent) when compared to the HIV incidence among the rest of the female population (less than 1 percent), reports the Huffington Post UK. Transgender women in Latin America also face far more difficulties when it comes to accessing HIV prevention and care, as well as to medical services, due to transphobia, an unchecked form of discrimination, which makes these women targets for discrimination, violence and sexual abuse. In a report entitled The Night Is Another Country: Impunity and violence against transgender women human rights defenders in Latin America, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and partners have investigated transphobia in Latin American countries, revealing a disproportionate number of violent acts against transgender women which have gone undisciplined. “Between 2005 and 2012 in Colombia, 60 transgender women were murdered without a single person having been brought to justice. In the same period 35 transgender people were killed in Guatemala with only one person undergoing legal proceedings,” wrote Dr. Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director, International HIV/AIDS Alliance in the Huffington Post UK’s blog. 

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