Examining the Effects of Transphobic Discrimination and Race on HIV Risk Among Transwomen in San Francisco
Transwomen, in particular transwomen of color (TWOC), are among the most vulnerable populations at risk for HIV. This secondary analysis is organized using a gender minority stress framework to examine the effects of transphobic discrimination and race on HIV risk factors. We describe the sample of 149 HIV- adult transwomen in San Francisco and use binary logistic regression to examine the relationship between levels of transphobic discrimination and TWOC status on binge drinking and condomless receptive anal intercourse (CRAI), controlling for potential confounders. Those with high levels of transphobic discrimination had 3.59 fold greater odds of engaging in binge drinking compared to those who reported a low level of transphobic discrimination (95% CI 1.284–10.034; P = 0.015). TWOC had nearly threefold greater odds of CRAI compared to white transwomen (95% CI 1.048–8.464; P = 0.040). We discuss implications for gender minority stress research and future interventions for this population.
KeywordsTransgender Transwomen Alcohol use HIV/AIDS LGBT health
The authors would like to thank all participants in the study. This study’s funding source had no role in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the article for publication. SA led the development of the manuscript, conducted the statistical analysis, and conceived the data analysis plan. HRF and ECW contributed to the manuscript development.
Sean Arayasirikul was supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Graduate Research Training on Alcohol Problems (T32AA007240).
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All study procedures were approved by the IRB at the University of California, San Francisco. We have also included supporting statements before the References section to reaffirm ethical conduct of this research study.
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