In the study, published in The Lancet, a team reviewed research of transgender women (individuals who are born male but identify as female) in 15 countries, including the U.S.

Researchers say transgender women have been incorrectly added to other categories, such as gay men or men who have sex with men, and this misclassification results in their being overlooked in risk assessment and outreach.

Transgender women were 49 times more likely to have HIV compared to a reference population, according to a new study on transgender women and HIV.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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