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New resource center for trans people and HIV

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TheBody.com unveiled a new Resource Center for Trans People and HIV -- among the first dedicated online platforms serving as a one-stop resource on all aspects of HIV for people of transgender experience.

Central Voice publisher and editor Frank Pizzoli has written for TheBody.com.

The Resource Center for Trans People and HIV aims to connect, empower and educate those impacted by misinformation about the health and life experiences of trans people. It achieves this goal by providing a wide range of reliable, high-quality original content, including reference materials, personal stories, news analyses, and interviews and perspectives from leading medical professionals and HIV advocates.

"TheBody.com’s Resource Center for Trans People and HIV came from a vision to debunk many of the myths and fill knowledge gaps surrounding trans health and lives, bringing together in one place the best resources and information available on a range of trans health issues, including HIV,” said JD Davids, a trans male journalist and advocate who oversees the center as Partnerships Director for TheBody.com. “There’s a vast need for clear information and support on health issues, health care access and resources in trans communities; this center will help meet these needs, while telling the truth about our lives.”

"As a Latina trans activist living with HIV and working at the local level, the new Resource Center for Trans People and HIV on TheBody.com will be an invaluable resource to me and the communities I work with," said Jada Cardona, Executive Director of the transgender justice organization Transitions Louisiana and a health equity specialist with the Louisiana Office of Public Health. "We must share our lessons learned, bringing global transgender issues and up-to-date information about HIV/AIDS to local communities. TheBody.com has been a longtime resource and community for us, but launching this resource center shows a commitment to my community -- and to all trans people, including those living with HIV."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated one in five trans women in the U.S. are living with HIV, and trans people are three times more likely to become HIV positive than the general population. However, definitive data regarding HIV among trans people are lacking, and HIV prevention efforts are often not designed with the needs of trans people in mind. Transgender people -- particularly trans people of color -- are among the most marginalized, not only due to a lack of culturally competent health care, but also due to a disproportionate lack of the economic and social supports that promote good health outcomes.