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Health Soc Work. 2019 Mar 11. pii: hlz008. doi: 10.1093/hsw/hlz008. [Epub ahead of print]

Transhealth Information Project: A Peer-Led HIV Prevention Intervention to Promote HIV Protection for Individuals of Transgender Experience.

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Omar Martinez, JD, MPH, MS, is assistant professor, School of Social Work, College of Public Health, Temple University, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Ritter Annex, 505, Philadelphia, PA 19122; e-mail: Nikki Lopez, MS, is lecturer, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. Tatyana Woodard is project director, School of Social Work, College of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia. Sheilla Rodriguez-Madera, PhD, is professor, Florida International University, Miami. Larry Icard, PhD, is professor, School of Social Work, College of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia. Funding for this study was provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R25DA028567; Principal Investigator: Marguerita A. Lightfoot). The authors also would like to acknowledge the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative, one of the oldest AIDS service organizations in Philadelphia. The authors are grateful to the past and current peer-navigators of the Transhealth Information Project for their contribution to service and research and the scientific contribution of their ongoing community-collaborative action board members. They would like to thank Drs. Mallory Johnson, Emily Arnold, and Ethan Levine for their feedback and support.


Individuals of transgender experience (ITE) in the United States face an elevated risk of HIV infection. Several conditions have been attributed to the high HIV incidence and prevalence within this group, including experiences of discrimination, unemployment, incarceration, stigma, and elevated rates of sexual risk and substance use. In response to these needs, the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative and Prevention Point Philadelphia, two local community-based organizations in Philadelphia, developed the Transhealth Information Project (TIP). TIP is a peer-led six-session hybrid individual- and group-based intervention emphasizing leadership, social and structural interventions, and HIV risk reduction that incorporates other evidence-based practices for HIV prevention and care. Since 2003, TIP has served over 1,500 ITE and linked them to HIV prevention and care services. TIP has an established record of reaching ITE and linking them to HIV prevention services and HIV primary care. TIP's utilization speaks to the need for interventions to respond to the complex, interacting syndemic factors that cumulatively determine HIV vulnerability among ITE.


HIV/AIDS; community-based participatory action research; implementation science; men and women of transgender experience; peer-led HIV prevention interventions


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