Tonia Poteat

Tonia Poteat, CHER Core Faculty, and colleagues have published research on transgender women’s intervention preferences for addressing HIV vulnerability determinants.

According to Poteat et al., “[t]ransgender women in the United States (U.S.) experience a disproportionate burden of HIV infection and challenges to engagement in HIV prevention and care.” Citing a CDC meta-analysis, the authors highlight disproportionate rates of HIV in transgender women. HIV prevalance is 45 times higher for transgender women than the US population. Rates are even higher for Black and Latina transgender women.

To better understand transgender women’s preferences for microeconomic interventions in response to HIV health inequities, Poteat et al. conducted interviews with transgender women in two US cities. Analysis of the interviews found that transgender women preferred interventions that were not primarily HIV-focused.

Results from the study interviews are grouped into themes, with a variety of messages related to support that does not center HIV.

Key conclusion: “Flexible microeconomic interventions that support gender affirming interventions, improve financial literacy, and provide living-wage non-stigmatizing employment are desired by economically vulnerable transgender women.”

The full BMC Public Health article is available open access.