Research on transgender people in Kazakhstan


December 19, 2022

As part of the implementation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant, a presentation of the study “Risk factors for HIV and STI infection, access to prevention and treatment services for transgender people in Kazakhstan” was held on December 19, at the UNAIDS site in Almaty.

The study was conducted by the transgender initiative “ALMA-TQ".

This is the first large-scale study in the country conducted among a group of transgender people on access to HIV and STI prevention and treatment services.

The study involved transgender people, as well as respondents from subgroups:

- transgender people living with HIV,

- transgender youth,

- transmasculine people having sex with men,

- transgender sex workers.

Also, employees of AIDS centers and friendly offices from 15 regions and cities of the country participated in the study.

The study participants noted that transgender people do not have an understanding of their own risk of HIV and STI infection, they do not have enough information about the ways of spreading, manifestation and treatment of HIV infection.

Preventive work with transgender people began in Kazakhstan only in 2021, before that time access to services was limited. At the level of receiving services, transgender people face transphobia, mainly condoms are available to them from preventive means.

Based on the results of the study, recommendations were developed for both the public and non-governmental sectors, including human rights defenders, and the community itself.

More information about the results of the study can be found here https:

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