Transgenders seek access to HIV/Aids treatment

One of their fears is of facing discrimination by health care professionals


Our Correspondent December 01, 2016
One of their fears is of facing discrimination by health care professionals. PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR: The transgender community of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa demanded access to proper HIV/Aids treatment.

President of Transaction Alliance K-P Farzana Jan told a press conference that the community is getting infected and becoming an active source of the disease. Jan said the virus has been on the rise in the transgender community, yet, no one is taking it seriously.

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She added that the government apart from organising a seminar on World Aids Day has not taken any practical steps to address the issue. Qamar Naseem of the Blue Veins organisation and a transgender rights activist said that transgenders face additional barriers to healthcare that other HIV-affected people may not.

He added that one of their fears is of facing discrimination by health care professionals or being denied treatment because of their gender identity or expression.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2016.

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