Regional Assessment of HIV, STI and other Health Needs of Transgender People in Asia and the Pacific


Publication details

Number of pages: 55
Publication date: 2013
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 9061 592 7



Transgender people are often defined as people whose gender identify and/or gender expression differs from their biological sex assigned at birth. Transgender populations appear to share high burdens of HIV (ranging from 8-41%), syphilis (up to 45%) and other sexually transmitted infections. Throughout Asia and the Pacific region, transgender people are still very much underserved by health services and have very limited access to transgender-specific health care.

This report, jointly prepared by WHO and the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), assessed the state of transgender health in Asia and the Pacific. It includes current concerns related to HIV, STI and other sexual health issues, as well as technical recommendations to WHO and the governments of Member States.