|[photo for Black AIDS Institute]|
I have lost two people close to me because of this disease. One of them was a woman who was born with a transsexual medical condition. She wanted love so much that she trusted the wrong man and, instead of protecting herself, took a risk that proved fatal.
A lot of work needs to be done to educate society about transsexual, transgender and intersex issues. The unhealthy stigma and dehumanization of these communities is what leads to situations where they contract the disease. Low self-esteem caused by people’s prejudice against human diversity is what causes many in these communities to fail to safeguard their health.