4176.0 Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Asians & Pacific Islanders

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 12:30 PM
Asians and Pacific Islander communities who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender are often understudied and considered an "invisible" population. Nevertheless, disparities among this community are of major concern. This session will illustrate demographic features, associated health indicators, and associated behavorial and cultural determinants. Discussion of pertinent issues of concern will shed light for purposes of future research and program planning for the Asian and Pacific Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender population in the United States.
Session Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to: (1) Describe health disparities facing Asian and Pacific Islander men who have sex with men (MSM); (2) Name the health challenges faced by transgender Asian Americans and Pacific Islander, as well as potential programmatic and policy interventions to address these challenges; (3) Describe the composition of Asian same-sex households in the United States as well as implications with respect to public health; and (4) Specify the role of family and familial relationships with regard to HIV risk and HIV interventions among Asian Men who have Sex with Men (MSM).
Giang T. Nguyen, MD, MPH, MSCE

12:30 PM
Substance Use and HIV Risk Behaviors among Transgender Female (Kathoey) Sex Workers in Bangkok, Thailand
Tooru Nemoto, PhD, Mariko Iwamoto, MA, Birte Boedeker, MSc, Perngparn Usaneya, MA and Chitlada Areesantichai
12:45 PM
Asian Same-sex Households: A Test of an Inverted U Market Marriage Paradigm
Frank Y. Wong, PhD, Paul Ong, PhD and Lois M. Takahashi, PhD
1:00 PM
1:15 PM
Health of Asian American gender-variant and transgender people
Sel J. Hwahng, PhD and Alison J. Lin, MPH

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health
Endorsed by: APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, APHA-Equal Health Opportunity Committee, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Caucus of Public Health Professionals, Socialist Caucus, Social Work, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)