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Seeing the World as a Network – Health Service Utilization & HIV Testing among MSM and Transgender Women Activity

by on April 17, 2013

MSM and transgender women face unique challenges and health problems due to their sexual identity and orientation, and related stigma. USAID’s Central American Regional HIV/AIDS Program asked MEASURE Evaluation to study health service utilization and HIV testing among these groups in San Salvador, El Salvador. Pictured here with their team, Katherine Andrinopoulos (2nd from the left, standing) was the lead investigator and John Hembling (2nd from the right, standing) was the activity lead and technical advisor. Both are with Tulane University.

They found that to increase health service use, providers need to address social factors influencing disclosure of sexual orientation, provider aptitude in caring for MSM/TW clients, and internalized feelings of shame related to sexual orientation. The results were shared with stakeholders in El Salvador in September 2012. They were posted on the MEASURE website in English and Spanish in February 2013.

To highlight connections within the Project I will mention that another activity looking at service utilization and coordination of services to MSM and TW is underway in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Jen Curran is the activity lead.

Jim

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