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Globally, trans communities are among the most heavily impacted by HIV, yet they are among the least recognized within policy, the least served by programs, and the least supported by funding at national, regional, and international levels. Available data indicate a significant HIV burden within trans communities. A series of interwoven factors contribute to vulnerability, including biological, behavioural, structural and social determinants of health. The recent UNAIDS 2016–2021  Strategy, On the Fast-Track to End AIDS , identifies trans people as one of the key populations requiring specific attention.

This National Consensus Statement is meant to be used as an advocacy tool to ensure the specific HIV research priorities of women, trans people and girls are included in the next generation of HIV and AIDS research responses undertaken in Canada.