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Trans focus group participants sought to update WHO Guidelines

GATE is looking for trans focus group participants for 14 – 21 May!

GATE has been invited to work together alongside NSWP,MPACT & INPUD to conduct a Values and Preference study in order to update WHO’s Consolidated Guidelines on HIV, Hepatitis and other STI prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations.1

These guidelines were first published in 2014 and updated in 2016.2 Trans people have been left out from discussions in the global HIV response for far too long and now it’s the time for us to change that! Participating in the Values and Preference Focus Group discussions is an opportunity for us to capture the voices of trans people and they to be reflected in the updated guidelines.

Together, we can impact future recommendations given by WHO and this is why we are reaching out to you!

We are looking for focus group participants to take part in discussions in English, Spanish and Russian. The online discussions will last approximately 90 minutes and will be held in between 14 – 21 May 2021 on Zoom. 

The objectives for the 2021 update of the 2014/2016 KP Guidelines are:

  1. To consolidate the most recent guidance and recommendations related to HIV, viral hepatitis and STI prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations in order to give updated and accessible guidance to member states;
  2. To outline HIV, STI and viral hepatitis health service packages that are beneficial and acceptable for different key populations and have a strong evidence base;
  3. To promote a set of enabling interventions relevant for all key populations; and
  4. To develop new recommendations to address emerging areas and address gaps as identified in the scoping exercise.

If you are interested in participating in one of our focus groups, please fill out this google form:

Key populations are communities disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic and defined by UN agencies as: men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers (SW), people who inject drugs (PWID), trans people (TG) and people in prisons or other closed settings.