In the US, an alarming 28% of transwomen are living with HIV. 73% of them don’t even know it. HIV knows no race, class, background, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Everyone should get tested, and everyone—regardless of their status— should be up-to-date with the most current information on HIV. Knowledge is power. KNOW HIV = NO HIV. [CDC Fact Sheet; August 2011]
34 U.S. states have laws criminalizing HIV. Many of which were written over 20 years ago and were created because of fear and lack of understanding. HIV is not what it was in 1993. It’s time for state and federal laws to reflect the medical advances, discoveries, & current state of HIV. Share this with your friends and encourage them to support the Repeal HIV Discrimination Act!
Referring to a negative HIV status as “clean” is offensive and harmful. It implies that someone who is positive is dirty or unclean. It’s also a very easy way to cause confusion around disclosing, because regardless of how you mean it, HIV+ people are still clean. Wash what you say! End the status war!
A Tribute to Act Up / February 15, 1992
500 members of Act Up hold a “Die-In” in Manchester, NH to protest the lack of an AIDS policy or platform during the 1992 Presidential elections. (Photo by Patsy Lynch)