Monday, April 19, 2021

I Do Not Believe It!

I think that their research is flawed… it was a convenience sample that was skewed.

4 in 10 Transgender Women Have HIV: CDC
US News and World Report
By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter
April 16, 2021

 (HealthDay News) -- Four in 10 transgender women have HIV, which shows the urgent need to offer them more prevention and treatment services, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

In interviews with more than 1,600 transgender women in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle in 2019 and early 2020, researchers found that 42% of those with a valid HIV test result had HIV. Transgender women are those assigned male at birth and identify as female.

The report found significant racial and ethnic disparities. In all, 62% of Black transgender women and 35% of Hispanic transgender women had HIV, compared with 17% of white transgender women.

Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed lived at or below the poverty level. Forty-two percent had been homeless in the past year.

"These data provide a clear and compelling picture of the severe toll of HIV among transgender women and the social and economic factors -- including systemic racism and transphobia -- that are contributing to this unacceptable burden," said Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, director of the CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

Do you see the flaw?

I do not know if it is the article and the reporter generalized or that there is fault in the study for them to make the statement “according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.”

The flaw is that they only looked in cities, they didn’t look in the towns around the cities nor did they look in the rural towns. That is like psychologist Michael Bailey only interviewing trans people that he found in gay bars for his “study.”

The link to the CDC that they provide says,

Nearly 1 million people identify as transgender in the United States (US); and, adult and adolescent transgender people made up 2% (601) of new HIV diagnoses in the US and dependent areas in 2018. 

That does sound like 40% to me, 2% sounds a lot less than 40%.

1 comment:

  1. They must have missed me here in Seattle. Of course, I've never had an HIV test, and they were only counting those who had. So, the 40% figure applies only to those transgender people who had some reason to get tested; not 40% of the general trans population.