Continued sexual risk behaviour in African American and Latino male-to-female transgender adolescents living with HIV/AIDS

A case study

Nancy Van Devanter, Alexandra Duncan, Victoria Raveis, Jeffrey Birnbaum, Tiphani Burrell-Piggott, Karolynn Siegel

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Abstract

Purpose: This study examined the social and contextual factors associated with continued high risk sexual behaviors among male-to-female transgender (MTFTG) adolescents living with HIV/AIDS. The study is part of a larger qualitative study of 59 racial/ethnic minority adolescents living with HIV/AIDS. Methods: In-depth focused interviews were conducted with five MTFTG adolescents (16-24 years) living with HIV. Content analysis was conducted to identify themes related to continued sexual risk behaviors. Results: Four out of five of MTFTG adolescents reported inconsistent condom use since their HIV diagnosis. Transgender stigma contributed to financial vulnerability leading to the adoption of sex work to support themselves. Sex and drugs were used to manage transgender stigma and sexual risk-taking with sex work partners was influenced by financial vulnerability. Conclusions: MTFTG adolescents with HIV have unique psychosocial needs related to transgender stigma and structural needs to decrease financial vulnerability that contribute to risky sexual behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of AIDS and Clinical Research
Volume3
Issue numberSPL ISS1A
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

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Transgender Persons
Risk-Taking
Hispanic Americans
Sexual Behavior
African Americans
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV
Sex Work
Condoms
Interviews

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Sex work
  • Transgender stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Dermatology
  • Immunology
  • Virology

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Continued sexual risk behaviour in African American and Latino male-to-female transgender adolescents living with HIV/AIDS : A case study. / Van Devanter, Nancy; Duncan, Alexandra; Raveis, Victoria; Birnbaum, Jeffrey; Burrell-Piggott, Tiphani; Siegel, Karolynn.

In: Journal of AIDS and Clinical Research, Vol. 3, No. SPL ISS1A, 07.2012.

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