Sexual education and self-care, our commitment with transvestites, transgender and transsexuals (transgender women) in Tabasco, Mexico

Published: August 1, 2008

Sexual education and self-care, our commitment with transvestites, transgender and transsexuals (transgender women) in Tabasco, Mexico

Background: The lack of information the transgender community have, who practice sexual work, has increased STIs/ SDTs & HIV/AIDS. Due to this issue many members from the community have been assassinated, in which several cases have not been solved. The lack of awareness of legal context and human rights from the transgender community linked to the highest expectations to appeal or be attractive to their clients, makes them acquired low quality products to transform their bodies causing body mutilation and death. On the other hand Tabasco as the entrance of the Mayan Route and Central America seems more vulnerable to the HIV issue and transphobia.

Methods: Based on 17 deeply conducted interviews with transgender members in Tabasco,Mexico, in other to find out about their wants and needs, their HIV knowledge ,their sexual behavior and self-care, it was designed and created a workshop to generate change of behavior toward risk through two sessions. The first one: basic sexuality, proper use of condom, risks of injection, primary and secondary prevention, self-esteem, oil injections and hormones. The second one: about legal context and national identity from transgender and sexual commerce. For this it was created an audiovisual material to be used in the transgender community.

Results: There was installed a workshop of knowledge and sensitization. Divided in 2 sessions which was offered to 14 transgender women who are leaders in their own cities, such as Balancán, Cardenas, Centro, Comalcalco, Huimanguillo, Jalapa, Jalpa, Jonuta, Macuspana, Nacajuca, Paraíso, Tacotalpa, Teapa y Tenosique, and which the benefit of the workshop would be reflected in the 1700 Transgender people from Tabasco.

Conclusions: There was obtained a change of behavior about HIV risk, in transvestites, transgender and transsexual members, through training and education with a workshop given to the leaders of the main cities of Tabasco, in where information would be recycled and reapplied.

-Abstract available at link below-

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