Accessing competent, culturally-sensitive, non-judgmental sexual health care isn’t always a given—for anyone. But for transgender men in particular, questions about gender and sexual identity at a clinic can interrupt, even interfere with, the primary issue at hand—our health. When medical professionals fail to affirm our gender and sexual identities without judgment, they lose the opportunity to engage us in effective HIV prevention and treatment.
Gay and bisexual trans men—which are estimated to be about half of trans men—report substantially more prevalent high-risk sexual behavior than any other demographic group. Although research data on transgender MSM and HIV prevalence are few and far between, one small study found that over 40% of their sample reported having condomless vaginal sex with cisgender men of unknown HIV status within the past year. Another larger study with 123 transgender men found that over half reported having condomless vaginal sex with a cisgender male partner, and over a quarter reported having condomless receptive anal sex with a cisgender male partner.
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