Congratulations to Teddy Cook (ACON) and Jeremy Wiggins (VAC) for an important talk today about PASH, the Peer Advocacy network for the Sexual Health of trans masculinities.
It took me a long time browsing through the ASHM program to find any content or posters addressing sexual health in the Trans community.
Trans MSM are often assumed to have low risk of STI's although this group are more likely to practice condomless receptive anal sex than other men. Trans MSM are often not included, and often deliberately excluded from research projects. During data collection the Trans community are often misgendered or expected to tick a 'transgender' box when they may identify as male, female, or non binary. Trans women are often misgendered as 'gay men'.
So it's not surprising that we have a lack of data about STI and HIV prevalence in Trans MSM. PASH aims to educate health practitioners, promote inclusive research, and provide health promotion and resources for transmen who have sex with other men.
As health providers we need to lift our game and take action to prevent further discrimination and negative health outcomes for this often neglected group.
A great presentation, informative and concise. Thanks!