Ian (lovingboth) wrote,

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Transgender people, sex work and HIV

Someone recently gave a presentation to a semi-official body on transgendered people and sex work. Most are doing sex work to pay for gender reassignment surgery.

However she said that around 70-80% of mtf sex workers were HIV+ and gave several reasons for this, including being more vulnerable to taking more money to have (anal) sex without a condom.

She also opined that there was a very high rate of HIV infection in mtf people generally (much higher than the about 17% for gay men in London).

Now, it may just be the people I know, but this sounds extremely high to me. Had I been at the meeting, I'd have been asking 'where's the evidence for that?'

Not least because AIUI most of the surgeons who do gender reassignment won't take HIV+ patients.

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