Counting Trans People In: Advancing Global Data Collection on Transgender Communities and HIV

This document is produced by the IRGT: A Global Network of Transgender Women and HIV (IRGT). The IRGT works with trans organizations, communities, and advocates around the world. Its members are transgender advocates with extensive experience in different world regions, including Africa, Latin America, North America, South and Southeast Asia, and Europe. Members have a wide range of skills, knowledge, and experience, including HIV, human rights, high-level advocacy, strategic planning, and programming and service delivery for transgender communities. The current roster of members includes: Jana Villayzan Aguilar (Peru), Abhina Aher (India), Mauro Cabral (Argentina), JoAnne Keatley (co-chair; USA), Amitava Sarkar (co-chair; India), Charting Slamah (Malaysia), Maria Sundin (Sweden), Leigh Anne Van de Merwe (South Africa), Michelle Ross (England), Manisha Dhakal (Nepal), Marvellous Tambwe (Tanzania), Kanyanta Kakana (Zambia), Ricky Nathason (Zimbabwe), Alexandra Rodríguez (México), Erika Castellanos (Belize), Cecilia Chung (USA), Prempreeda Pramoj Na Ayutthaya (Thailand), Simran Shaikh (India).

The IRGT commissioned Consultant, Ayden Scheim, to write this report, with inputs provided by co-chair, JoAnne Keatley, with support from Omar Baños, from the MSMGF.We wish to acknowledge the community leaders and researchers who were consulted in the development of this brief for their generous contribution of time and expertise: Abhina Aher (India HIV/AIDS Alliance, India), Sonya Arreola (Global Forum on MSM and HIV, USA), Stefan Baral (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA), Jack Byrne (Trans human rights researcher, New Zealand), Madeline Deutsch (Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, University of California San Francisco, USA), Manisha Dhakal (Blue Diamond Society, Nepal), Tonia Poteat (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA), Sari Reisner (Harvard University, USA), Michelle Ross (CliniQ, England), Leigh Ann van der Merwe (Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa; South Africa), and an anonymous stakeholder.

Recommended citation: International Reference Group on Transgender People and HIV/AIDS.(2016). Counting Trans People In: Advancing Global Data Collection on Transgender Communities and HIV. Available at


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