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Characteristics of HIV-Positive Transgender Men Receiving Medical Care: United States, 2009-2014.

Characteristics of HIV-Positive Transgender Men Receiving Medical Care: United States, 2009-2014.
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Lemons A, Beer L, Finlayson T, McCree DH, Lentine D, Shouse RL, ,


Lemons A, Beer L, Finlayson T, McCree DH, Lentine D, Shouse RL, , (click to view)

Lemons A, Beer L, Finlayson T, McCree DH, Lentine D, Shouse RL, ,

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American journal of public health 2017 11 21108(1) 128-130 doi 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304153
Abstract
OBJECTIVES
To present the first national estimate of the sociodemographic, clinical, and behavioral characteristics of HIV-positive transgender men receiving medical care in the United States.

METHODS
This analysis included pooled interview and medical record data from the 2009 to 2014 cycles of the Medical Monitoring Project, which used a 3-stage, probability-proportional-to-size sampling methodology.

RESULTS
Transgender men accounted for 0.16% of all adults and 11% of all transgender adults receiving HIV medical care in the United States from 2009 to 2014. Of these HIV-positive transgender men receiving medical care, approximately 47% lived in poverty, 69% had at least 1 unmet ancillary service need, 23% met criteria for depression, 69% were virally suppressed at their last test, and 60% had sustained viral suppression over the previous 12 months.

CONCLUSIONS
Although they constitute a small proportion of all HIV-positive patients, more than 1 in 10 transgender HIV-positive patients were transgender men. Many experienced socioeconomic challenges, unmet needs for ancillary services, and suboptimal health outcomes. Attention to the challenges facing HIV-positive transgender men may be necessary to achieve the National HIV/AIDS Strategy goals of decreasing disparities and improving health outcomes among transgender persons.

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