ASHM Report Back
Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.
Trans Rights, Sexual Health, and HIV.
Trans Rights, Sexual Health, and HIV: The View from Canada. Dr Ayden Scheim whom currently works in San Diego, USA delivered an interesting presentation on the global trans gender community.
The trans gender community is diverse and have low rates of access to health and HIV services. Dr. Scheim contributed this to a number of issues including violence, legal barriers, stigma and discrimination.
As a global health agenda and key population group, the overwhelming message Dr. Scheim highlighted was the lack of inclusive research/ data in this field which mainly comes from the US.
At a clinical service level Dr. Scheim recommended that we need to firstly understand the basic epidemiology of the trans community and we should be asking the following questions;
- What sex where you assigned at birth?
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- Which best describes your current identity? (which can included up to 33 possible answers)