[health menu] XI International Conference on AIDS
July 7-12, 1996

Warren, Barbara E
Lesbian & Gay Community Ctr, NYC

Capozuca, John
Gender Identity Support Svc, NYC

Pols, Birgit
Community Health Project

Otto, Barbara
St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital


AIDS Prevention For Transgender and Transsexual Persons: A Collaborative Community-Based Program


Transgender and transsexual populations, adult and especially adolescent, are at high risk for HIV/AIDS but have no access to relevant and appropriate prevention education and early intervention services.


An HIV/AIDS outreach and education program was developed by five community-based transgender services providers in NYC, together offering:peer support and substance abuse counseling (GIP); assessmennt, psychological and group services (GISS); primary healthcare, AIDS care and education (CHP, NYC); primary healthcare, AIDS care and education for adolescents (St. Lukes, NYC); hormone and drug needle exchange and street outreach (Positive Health Project). Using the peer and professional resources of all five agencies, educational materials targeted to the diverse trans communities (including brochure, palm cards, flyers, and a video) were developed, street and club outreach implemented, protocols and resources shared, and a corps of transgender peer educators was recruited, trained, and supervised.


In the first year: a new comprehensive set of materials exists; there is a corps of trained peer workers; a spectrum of low cost services, which are credible and are being accessed by these communities, is available.

Lessons Learned: AIDS education and prevention outreach programs targeted at transgender persons are successful when delivered by a team of peers and professionals using relevant materials.

Barbara E. Warren
The Center
208 W 13th St
NYC, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 620-7310; Fax: (212) 924-2657
E-mail: lgcsc@aol.com

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