, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 175-183

Clinical Update: Transgender HIV Prevention: A Model Education Workshop

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Abstract

A university-based human sexuality program collaborated with transgender and HIV/AIDS community organizations to develop one of the first HIV prevention programs targeting the transgender community. Based on focus group data outlining specific intervention needs, we designed, implemented, and evaluated a model prevention education workshop. The 4-hour workshop included large- and small-group meetings with presentations, discussions, role playing, and exercises based on the Health Belief Model, the Eroticizing Safer Sex approach to HIV prevention, and principles of personal and community empowerment. Transgender-sensitive audiovisual materials were developed; sexually explicit materials were incorporated. Transgender peer educators facilitated the workshop. This clinical update reviews the empirical and theoretical background of the workshop and discusses its development and implementation.

Walter Bockting is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Transgender Services, Simon Rosser is Professor, and Eli Coleman is Professor and Director of the Program in Human Sexuality (PHS)