Sex, drugs, violence, and HIV status among male-to-female transgender persons in Houston, Texas

Jan M.H. Risser, Andrea Shelton, Sheryl McCurdy, John Atkinson, Paige Padgett, Bernardo Useche, Brenda Thomas, Mark Williams

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Abstract

To inform the Community Planning Group (Houston, Texas) in setting HIV-prevention priorities, risk behavior surveys were completed by 67 male-to-female (MtF) transgender persons. By self-identification, 58% were preoperative and 48% were self-described heterosexual women. We found this small sample of male-to-female transgender individuals to have high rates of HIV infection, and high prevalence of risky behaviors, intimate partner violence, and suicidal ideation. Twenty-seven percent were infected with HIV. Barriers were seldom used during oral sex and used less than half the time for anal sex with either primary or casual partners. Nearly one-third of the sample reported use of methamphetamines, amyl nitrite or LSD and 40% reported crack or cocaine use. Intimate partner violence and forced sex were reported by 50% and 25%, respectively. Suicidal ideation was reported by 16% in the last 30 days; lifetime suicidal ideation was 60%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-74
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Transgenderism
Volume8
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Drug use
  • HIV prevention
  • HIV risk
  • Transgender
  • Violence

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