Resources to Support HIV Prevention Programs for Transgender Women

Capacity building assistance resources are available to support HIV prevention programs for transgender women.

About these Resources to Support HIV Prevention Programs for Transgender Women

Transgender people, in particular transgender women, are disproportionately impacted by HIV. Providing high quality capacity building assistance to support HIV prevention programs and reduce disparities for transgender persons is an HIV prevention priority.

CDC collects and analyzes epidemiological data to support HIV prevention partners in focusing prevention efforts, allocating resources, monitoring trends, and determining gaps and successes in HIV prevention for transgender persons.

CDC provides resources and offers capacity building assistance to improve HIV prevention programs and services for transgender persons.

Toolkit for Providing HIV Prevention Services to Transgender Women of Color

The Toolkit for Providing HIV Prevention Services to Transgender Women of Color supports implementation of HIV prevention services for transgender women of color. Authors of the toolkit included transgender women of color with extensive experience working in HIV prevention. Six transgender women from across the country who work in HIV prevention and advocate for transgender women’s health critically reviewed the toolkit. The following topics are covered in the toolkit:

  • Assessing Community Needs
  • Providing Client-Centered Care and Services
  • Hiring and Supporting Transgender Women of Color Staff
  • Creating Transgender-Affirming Environments
  • Developing Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention Systems and Services
  • Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions and Homegrown Programs
  • Conducting Program Evaluation and Improvement
  • Engaging Transgender Women of Color in HIV Prevention and Testing
  • Providing Primary Care (including HIV Care) to Transgender Women of Color
  • Addressing Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of Transgender Women of Color
  • Building Community Partnerships and Referrals

The toolkit may be of use for staff at all levels of an organization, including those at the executive level, program managers, and frontline staff such as those working in HIV testing, linkage, outreach, and programs. It is also intended for clinical providers and staff that provide the range of social support services needed by transgender women of color.

A version of this toolkit is available in Spanish.

Implementing HIV Prevention Programs for Transgender Women Training

Implementing HIV Prevention Programs for Transgender Women is an 8-hour virtual instructor-led training designed to equip managers from community-based organizations with promising practices for planning and implementing HIV prevention programs and HIV care services for transgender women, including but not limited to the Transgender Women Involved in Strategies for Transformation (TWIST) intervention. This course provides tools and resources to support agencies during each of the program planning phases, from pre-implementation to implementation and maintenance.

This course is intended for executive directors, supervisors, and program managers who are working in community-based organizations and who are planning to build, expand, and improve programs that meet the needs of transgender women.

Transgender Status-Neutral Community to Clinic Models to End the HIV Epidemic (TRANSCEND) Learning Collaborative

CDC’s Division of HIV Prevention launched the Transgender Status-Neutral Community to Clinic Models to End the HIV Epidemic (TRANSCEND) Learning Collaborative in 2023 as part of a CDC-funded project, PS22-2209, and welcomes all healthcare and other service providers who work with or are interested in expanding services to transgender persons in clinics and community-based organizations (CBOs), including those who are not funded for this project, to participate.

The TRANSCEND Learning Collaborative is hosted by the National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) and provides both an NPIN community forum and quarterly meetings for TRANSCEND Learning Collaborative members to dialog with one another and share best practices, lessons learned, and program-related materials and resources.

To learn more and join the TRANSCEND Learning Collaborative:

  • Visit NPIN at
  • Select the “NPIN Community” tab.
  • Join NPIN, using the invitation code: TRANSCEND.
  • Look for an email indicating that you have been approved to join NPIN and the TRANSCEND Community Page.


To view and register for scheduled virtual, instructor-led or classroom trainings:

  1. Access the National HIV Classroom Learning Center training calendar hosted on Cicatelli Associates, Inc.’s (CAI’s) website.
  2. Pre-register for your selected course via the link provided in the training calendar.
  3. Complete your registration on CDC TRAIN as directed when you receive an email from the National HIV Classroom Learning Center. You must join the HIV CBA Learning Group and locate the HIV CBA Training Plan in order to complete your CDC TRAIN registration for a specific training session (step-by-step instructions are available).

To request that a training session be scheduled or to request technical assistance:

  1. CDC’s directly funded health department and CBO partners may request delivery of a CDC-supported training or technical assistance by submitting a request in the CBA Tracking System.
  2. Organizations not directly funded by CDC may contact their local health department for assistance in submitting a training or technical assistance request.

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