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Understanding HIV Risk and Vulnerability among Cisgender Men with Transgender Partners


Poteat, Tonia; Malik, Mannat; Wirtz, Andrea L.; Cooney, Erin E.; & Reisner, Sari L. (2020). Understanding HIV Risk and Vulnerability among Cisgender Men with Transgender Partners. Lancet HIV, 7(3), e201-8.


In the HIV pandemic, cisgender (ie, non-transgender) men with transgender partners are an underserved population. Complexities of sexuality and gender affect HIV vulnerability for this group, including not identifying with conventional sexual orientation categories (eg, bisexual, heterosexual, or gay) and having attractions based on gender role or expression rather than genital anatomy. Only one HIV prevention interventional study in this population was identified, and one study that assessed the perceived acceptability of an intervention. We found no data for interventions using pre-exposure prophylaxis, interventions for cisgender men with transgender men partners, or cisgender men with casual or transactional sexual partnerships with transgender people. Cisgender men with transgender partners are not easily categorised using traditional HIV risk categories. Additional research is needed to understand stigma and other structural drivers of HIV vulnerability, sexual networks and practices, substance use patterns, and biomedical prevention interest and uptake for this group. Studies that use an intersectional lens and syndemic framework could offer key insights.


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Lancet HIV


Poteat, Tonia
Malik, Mannat
Wirtz, Andrea L.
Cooney, Erin E.
Reisner, Sari L.