Assessing Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV Risk among Transgender Women in Lima, Peru: Beyond Behavior

Kathleen E. Moriarty, Eddy R. Segura, Williams Gonzales, Jordan E. Lake, Robinson Cabello, Jesse L. Clark

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore risk factors for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among transgender women (TW) in Lima, Peru. Methods: HIV-negative or serostatus unknown TW reporting recent condomless receptive anal intercourse underwent testing for STIs and HIV and completed a sociobehavioral survey. Results: Among 120 TW, 29.6% had rectal Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC) or Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and 12.6% had HIV. Age and migrant status were associated with rectal GC/CT, and rectal GC/CT predicted HIV infection. Conclusions: Further study is needed to understand individual and social factors that contribute to HIV/STI vulnerability among TW.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-376
Number of pages7
JournalLGBT Health
Volume6
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Global health
  • HIV/AIDS
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • transgender

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