New public health study is a game-changer
Health issues in the transgender community, from a public research perspective, are routinely understudied. The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS), which ICF’s health researchers support on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a small step in the right direction. NHBS targets men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and other groups at increased risk for HIV. Beyond a pilot phase, NHBS hasn’t applied HIV surveillance among transgender women (transwomen).
A new horizon
The groundbreaking NHBS-Trans study focuses on transwomen—and will result in one of the largest intentional samples of a trans population in the history of trans research. Not only does it present an unprecedented opportunity to expand on prior trans research conducted with small convenience samples, it will offer insight not yet described in public health literature.
ICF supports this project from two angles: onsite coordination and data management (at CDC) and offsite data coordination and technical assistance (at ICF headquarters).