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J Homosex. 2014;61(8):1117-30. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2014.872502.

A comparison of mental health, substance use, and sexual risk behaviors between rural and non-rural transgender persons.

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a Division of Epidemiology & Community Health , University of Minnesota , Minneapolis , Minnesota , USA.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to compare the mental health, substance use, and sexual risk behaviors of rural and non-rural transgender persons. Online banner advertisements were used to recruit 1,229 self-identified rural and non-rural transgender adults (18+ years) residing in the United States. Primary findings include significant differences in mental health between rural and non-rural transmen; relatively low levels of binge drinking across groups, although high levels of marijuana use; and high levels of unprotected sex among transwomen. The results confirm that mental and physical health services for transgender persons residing in rural areas are urgently needed.

KEYWORDS:

online survey; rural; transgender; urban

PMID:
24380580
PMCID:
PMC4301267
DOI:
10.1080/00918369.2014.872502
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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