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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 141-143

Sexual behavior of transgenders and their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in an Urban Area of Eastern India

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, R. G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, R. G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_248_14

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Transgender (TG) people experience a gender identity that is different from their anatomical sex. For their high-risk sex behavior, they are important group for targeted intervention of HIV/AIDS. The objective of the study was to find the sexual behavior of TG people and to assess few aspects of their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. This cross-sectional survey was done from June to August 2012, in field practice area of “Kosish,” a nongovernmental organization run by TGs in Alipore of Kolkata metropolitan city, India. Information was collected by interviewing 90 TG of 11 selected hotspots using a predesigned questionnaire. Results revealed that 4.5% were illiterate. Drug abuse was reported by 22.2% participants. Inconsistent condom use was found. Venereal disease research laboratory reactivity was found in 11.11%. Nearly 16.7% had experienced sexual violence in the past 3 months. Thus, interventions for overall empowerment of the TGs are recommended.

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