A study on the occurrence of sexually transmitted infections among transgender persons at a transgender clinic in Puducherry, India

Anitta Sara Thampi, Moutusi Audhya

Abstract


Objective To determine the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among transgenders.

Methods A study was carried out on 75 transgenders (TGs) who attended the Transgender Clinic, at MGMC&RI, Puducherry, during the period from December 2011 to June 2013. All patients were clinically evaluated for any STI/HIV, along with routine screening tests for HIV, syphilis (VDRL), hepatitis B infection (HBsAg) and tuberculosis (Mantoux test).

Results Out of the 75 TGs, only 10 (13.3%) were diagnosed with STIs and 2 (2.7%) with 2 STIs each. The most common STI was condylomata acuminata (6.7%) seen in 5 patients, followed by 1 person (1.3%) each with herpes genitalis, genital scabies and Reiter’s disease. Only 2 (2.7 %) people were diagnosed with HIV.

Conclusion A low prevalence of STIs was observed among our patients. In lieu of the rising epidemic of HIV and STIs, there can be more intensive targeted interventions aimed at improving the STI screening, HIV counselling, testing and treatment, and also providing more awareness to this community.

 

 


Keywords


Indian Subcontinent, high-risk behaviour, genital warts, scabies (Sarcoptes scabiei), HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)

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