Life skills: Evaluation of a theory-driven behavioral HIV prevention intervention for young transgender women

Robert Garofalo, Amy K. Johnson, Lisa M. Kuhns, Christopher Cotten, Heather Joseph, Andrew Margolis

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Abstract

Young transgender women are at increased risk for HIV infection due to factors related to stigma/marginalization and participation in risky sexual behaviors. To date, no HIV prevention interventions have been developed or proven successful with young transgender women. To address this gap, we developed and pilot tested a homegrown intervention "Life Skills," addressing the unique HIV prevention needs of young transgender women aged 16-24 years. Study aims included assessing the feasibility of a small group-based intervention with the study population and examining participant's engagement in HIV-related risk behaviors pre- and 3-months-postintervention. Fifty-one (N=51) young transgender women enrolled in the study. Our overall attendance and retention rates demonstrate that small group-based HIV prevention programs for young transgender women are both feasible and acceptable. Trends in outcome measures suggest that participation in the intervention may reduce HIV-related risk behaviors. Further testing of the intervention with a control group is warranted.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages419-431
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Volume89
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

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Transgender Persons
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Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • HIV
  • Intervention
  • Transgender
  • Youth

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  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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