HIV Infection Risk Factors Among Male-to-Female Transgender Persons: A Review of the Literature

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Abstract

Male-to-female (MTF) transgender women experience a host of psychosocial issues such as discrimination, stigmatization, and marginalization. These challenges often limit economic opportunities, affect mental health, and may place members of this population at an increased risk for HIV infection. This report presents a review of the literature that focuses on risk factors for HIV infection specific to the MTF population. Factors including needle sharing and substance abuse, high-risk sexual behaviors, commercial sex work, health care access, lack of knowledge regarding HIV transmission, violence, stigma and discrimination, and mental health issues have been identified in the literature as risk factors for the acquisition of HIV infection by members of this population. Implications for care provided to MTF transgender persons are presented, and suggestions for future research are identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-372
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HIV infection
  • male-to-female transgender
  • risk factors
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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