WASHINGTON — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday suggested a Trump administration proposal that would define someone’s sex at birth risked heightening stigma around transgender people.

The director, Robert Redfield, did not directly criticize the proposal. But when asked whether any such effort might hamper efforts to treat HIV, especially among transgender women, he replied: “We need to understand that stigmatizing illness, stigmatizing individuals is not in the interest of public health.”

Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT Plus and enjoy your first 30 days free!

GET STARTED

What is it?

STAT Plus is STAT's premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.

What's included?

  • Daily reporting and analysis
  • The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters
  • Subscriber-only newsletters
  • Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day
  • Online intelligence briefings
  • Frequent opportunities to engage with veteran beat reporters and industry experts
  • Exclusive industry events
  • Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country
  • The best reporters in the industry
  • The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry
  • And much more
  • Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.

Leave a Comment

Please enter your name.
Please enter a comment.

  • Decisions based on Alternate Facts, how could that go wrong? Since has documented very well that human gender and sexuality is a spectrum. Many people are born with indeterminate genitalia, and now they want the government to intrude and assign a gender even if it is the wrong one. They did this kind of thing back in the 1950s, and it was cruel, and inhumane, because Doctors often picked the wrong Gender.
    There is no “Controversy” the Science is really clear!

  • Since the ancients Greeks were able to describe hermaphrodites (individuals with external characteristics of both sexes), then the problem has been known for a couple of millenia at least…
    So how does the Orange Cheato think it is a new thing which science just discovered??

A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day in science and medicine

Privacy Policy