As the title suggests, everything on this blog concerns violence against trans women.
The Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project is a trans feminist project addressing issues of systematic, institutional and interpersonal violence and oppression experienced by trans women (those who were coercively assigned male at birth and identify or are identified as women/female) across multiple identities (e.g., race, class, dis/ability, citizen-status, nationality, sexuality, age, HIV status, and form, status, or age of transition, etc.)
Ida Hammer is a writer and social justice communicator. She organizes the Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project. She presents workshops and trainings on cis privilege and being a trans ally. She's also involved in organizing against sexualized violence. She's a proud dyke-identified trans woman and an organizer of the New York City Dyke March.
Young transgender women are at increased risk for HIV infection due to factors related to stigma/marginalization and participation in risky sexual behaviors, according to a study from Children’s Memorial Research Center, the research arm of Children’s Memorial Hospital.
To date, no HIV-prevention interventions have been developed or proven successful with this population. To address the gap, Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH and colleagues developed a behavioral intervention targeting the unique mechanisms of HIV risk among an ethnically diverse sample of young transgender women aged 16—24 years.
The Life Skills intervention curriculum included information on sexual health, HIV 101, safer sex techniques, healthy communication, partner negotiation, and how to identify and access community services. Individual sessions provided participants with a personally tailored plan to reduce HIV risk behaviors. The overall attendance and retention rates demonstrate that small group-based HIV prevention programs for young transgender women are both feasible and acceptable. Although conducted with a small sample outcome measures suggest that participation in the intervention may reduce HIV-related risk behaviors. For example, participants significantly decreased both the frequency of unprotected sexual acts with casual partners and the number of main sexual partners following participation in the Life Skills intervention.
“This pilot project was unique in targeting the HIV-risk behaviors of adolescent and young adult transgender women, a very at-risk group and one that has been woefully absent from the scientific literature. Our success has resulted in funding by the National Institute of Mental Health for a five year study,” said Garofalo. “In conjunction with the Fenway Institute and Harvard University, we at Children’s will now conduct the first-ever efficacy trial of a HIV prevention intervention for young transgender women in the U.S.”
Garofalo thanked the transgender community of Chicago for their participation in the project, saying “we could never have gotten to this point without you, and our hope is that the Life Skills curriculum you helped us develop proves successful in helping young transgender women lead happy and healthy lives.”