Transgender hiv prevention: Qualitative evaluation of a model prevention education program

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Abstract

This study employed focus group methodology to evaluate the impact of the first HIV prevention education workshop targeting the transgender community. The impact on AIDS awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and risk reduction; participant satisfaction; and suggestions for program improvement were assessed. Qualitative analysis of the discussion transcript indicated the following: a panel of transgender persons with HIV/AIDS enhanced AIDS awareness and perceived susceptibility to HIV infection, sexual negotiation role-plays facilitated risk reduction by helping participants put knowledge into practice in a transgender-specific context, and assessment of personal risk and the development of an individualized prevention plan appeared effective. Participants suggested paying more attention to the context in which HIV risk occurs, integrating HIV prevention into transgender-specific sexuality education, and diversifying recruitment and intervention strategies to target hard-to-reach subgroups of the transgender population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-133
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sex Education and Therapy
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1998

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