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DAY 01: COVID-19 Limits Access to HIV Care Snapshot

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Trans people are 49 times more likely to acquire HIV than the general adult population. Increased engagement in high risk informal work sectors such as sex work due to widespread employment discrimination, increases transgender people’s vulnerability to HIV.  Due to the high rates of HIV and other underlying chronic health conditions in our community, trans people are vulnerable to exposure and risk of COVID-19 infection. 

Yet, there has been fake news spread that PLHIV cannot receive a COVID vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective for PLHIV. As an immuno-compromised community, it is important that PLHIV be prioritized in receiving the vaccine, while continuing to take ARVs and COVID preventative measures. 

Organisations Involved:
Jaringan Gaya Warna Lentera Indonesia (Indonesia)
IT’S T TIME (Vietnam)

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DAY 02: Organisational Profile – Basera

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Over the next five weeks, APTN will be highlighting some of our COVID-19 Community Support Fund partners who have stepped up to provide vital support to the community during the pandemic. 

Our first partner is Basera Samajik Sanathan in India who utilised the COVID-19 Community Support fund to educate their community on COVID-19 and continue providing HIV/STI testing and treatment for Trans PLHIV. While government services reduced their HIV testing and treatment services during COVID, Basera was able to facilitate treatment for 65 trans PLHIV and worked with the hospitals to dispense ARVs for for a longer period to ensure that an already immuno-comprimsed population did not have to expose themselves to COVID while seeking HIV treatment. 

Despite facing harassment from the public who blame the trans community as the source of COVID-19, Basera is hopeful for a future where they are more recognised in the community. 

Click the link in our bio to read more about how Basera is navigating the challenges of the COVID pandemic to continue the important work they do.

Support and follow Basera’s vital work here: 

Website: http://www.baserasamajiksansthan.org/ 

Instagram: basera_tg 

Twitter: SamajikBasera

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DAY 03: Stories from the Streets – Yayasan

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