At Gilead, we recognize that patients and communities often face challenges that scientific discovery alone cannot solve. Through our partnerships and approach to philanthropy, we support initiatives and programs that help access to care, reduce disparities, improve education and better our local communities.
Gilead’s comprehensive strategy to support communities that are disproportionally impacted by diseases aligned with our therapeutic areas of focus includes addressing the social and structural factors that fuel epidemics.
The Gilead TRANScend Community Impact Fund builds on this commitment and will support Trans-led organizations working to improve the safety, health and wellness of the Transgender community.
Transgender people are one of the groups most affected by the HIV epidemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that:
- Fourteen percent of all Transgender women are living with HIV, with Black and Latina Transgender women even more impacted or at risk.1
- An estimated 44% of Black/African American Transgender women, 26% of Hispanic/Latina Transgender women, and 7% of white Transgender women have HIV. 2
- In 2017, Transgender people were three times more likely to receive a new HIV diagnosis than the national average.3
- About half of Transgender HIV diagnoses from 2009-14 were of people living in the Southern U.S.4
The Transgender community is resilient, but to achieve true health equity, we must tackle the underlying factors that are fueling the epidemic.
In 2018, Gilead convened an Advisory Board with experts and community advocates from Transgender advocacy and healthcare organizations to more deeply understand the greatest needs of the Transgender community.
This led us to invest in action—aligned with our philosophy of directing resources to where the needs are greatest. Gilead’s TRANScend Community Impact Fund will serve to elevate best practices and community-led solutions that improve the safety, health and wellness of the Transgender community. By providing funding to community organizations working to end the HIV epidemic, TRANScend will ensure that resources reach communities in need.
The Fund will support strategic program development, capacity building and direct service initiatives bolstered by strong community engagement efforts to build and sustain progress in reducing the impact of HIV within Transgender communities.
For questions or more information, please contact Darwin Thompson at Darwin.Thompson@gilead.com.