5059.0 Transgender HIV Behavioral Surveillance (THBS): Methodologies and Findings

Wednesday, November 10, 2010: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
In this session we will describe the purpose of the Transgender HIV Behavioral Surveillance (THBS) project and the experience of conducting it in three cities: Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles. HIV/AIDS continues to have a devastating impact on vulnerable and marginalized populations such as male-to-female (MTF) transgender persons. There are no national surveillance data on the incidence or prevalence of HIV/AIDS for this at-risk population. Therefore, THBS was developed to explore the feasibility of collecting HIV-related behavioral surveillance data from minority MTF transgenders. First, the overall goals of THBS will be presented, followed by the experience and findings from each participating city, and a discussion of the unique challenges associated with using respondent driven sampling (RDS) for this population. Our findings and lessons learned will help future studies avoid some of our miss-steps. These data contribute to a snapshot of risk behaviors for minority MTF transgenders across three very different cities and represents an important step toward developing a national behavioral surveillance for MTF transgenders persons.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe the THBS pilot experiences for the study sites. 2. Discuss recruitment methodologies for transgender health research.

Conducting an HIV behavioral survey among transgender persons: Lessons learned from a multi-city pilot
Teresa Finlayson, PhD, MPH, Paige Padgett, PhD, MPH, Trista Bingham, MPH, PhD, Juli-Ann Carlos, MPH, Pamela McCann, Nikhil Prachand, MPH and Jan Risser, PhD
HIV Behavioral Surveillance among Black and Latina Transgender Women in Los Angeles County
Juli-Ann Carlos, MPH, Paige Padgett, PhD, MPH and Trista Bingham, MPH, PhD

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Organized by: LGBT Caucus of Public Health Professionals
Endorsed by: Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, Epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, Socialist Caucus, Social Work, Women's Caucus

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