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Certain Traits Tied to More HIV Tests in Transgender Individuals

Those who are female, black, or sex workers are likely to have undergone more testing


MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Transgender individuals with certain characteristics, including a history of incarceration and self-referral, have more HIV tests, according to a short report published in Transgender Health.

Adrian Juarez-Cuellar, Ph.D., and Yu-Ping Chang, Ph.D., both from the University at Buffalo in New York, assessed HIV testing in 27 urban, transgender individuals in western New York using HIV testing intake data from a sample of self-identified transgender males and females volunteering for an HIV test at a community-based health care organization.

The researchers found that transgender individuals with the following characteristics had more HIV tests: female gender, black, sex worker, self-referring, positive HIV status, or a history of incarceration. In addition, those who had a permanent housing/rental situation or lived with friends or family had a higher number of HIV tests.

"Our findings confirm that HIV testing can be increased by using self-perceived risk as a potential correlate for HIV testing. In addition, we found that targeted testing is successful and should be context specific," write the authors.

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