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Am J Public Health. 1993 Feb;83(2):260-2.

Male transvestite prostitutes and HIV risk.

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Department of Sociology, Georgia State University, Atlanta 30303.

Abstract

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1, syphilis, and hepatitis B prevalence and associated risk factors were assessed among male transvestite prostitutes. Structured street-level interviews were conducted with 53 respondents in Atlanta, Ga, from July 1990 through July 1991. Test results from serum samples revealed that 68% were seropositive for HIV-1, 81% had seromarkers for syphilis, and 80% had seromarkers for hepatitis B. Univariate logistic regression analysis indicated that seromarkers for syphilis and Black race were the primary factors associated with HIV-1 infection. The results show that transvestite prostitutes are a heterogenous population and distinct from nontransvestite prostitutes; specific outreach is thus needed. Targeted interventions should address the sexual and drug-use-related HIV risk behaviors of transvestite prostitutes.

PMID:
8427336
PMCID:
PMC1694585
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.83.2.260
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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