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Indian J Sex Transm Dis AIDS. 2018 Jan-Jun;39(1):18-22. doi: 10.4103/2589-0557.229941.

A study of behavioral and disease patterns among transgenders in a tertiary care center.

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Department of DVL, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, India.

Abstract

Introduction:

Transgenders are a group whose sexual identity, orientation, and practices differ from majority of the society.

Aim:

The aim of the study is to highlight the presence of infectious and noninfectious dermatological and venereal diseases among transgender population.

Materials and Methods:

A retrospective study was conducted on 120 transgender patients who attended DVL OPD from January 2011 to April 2015. The demographic profile, behavioral patterns, and prevalence of infectious and noninfectious dermatological and venereal diseases were studied.

Results:

All transgenders were male to females. Almost 46.6% (56) of transgenders belonged to age group 21-30, 25% (30) to 11-20 and 30-40, and 3.4% to >40 years. Nearly 61.3% (74) completed high school, 14.7% (18) graduation, 12% (14) primary school, 9% (10) higher secondary, and 1.3% (2) were illiterate and postgraduates each. All had multiple sex partners at certain point of time, of which 25% (31) are now committed to a single partner and 15% (19) involved in commercial sex. The safe sexual practice was followed by 68% (84). Among sexual practices, oral contributed 97.3% (117), anal 92% (110.4), finger 9% (11), thigh 6% (7), and vaginal 24% (28.8). Of 120 patients, 63.3% (76) had infectious diseases, 42.5% (51) had noninfectious diseases, and 5.9% (7) had both. Nearly 76.3% (58) had infectious dermatological diseases 76.3 (58) and 23.7% (18) had venereal infections. Noninfectious dermatological diseases accounted for 96.1% (49) and venereal diseases for 4% (2).

Conclusion:

There was relatively lower prevalence of infectious venereal diseases among transgender population, attributable to the good level of awareness among them.

KEYWORDS:

Behavioral patterns; dermatological infections; sexual practices; transgenders; venereal infections

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