Saturday, July 17, 2010

Trans People, “MSM” and HIV Study & Outreach

"There is a serious problem in HIV study and outreach when it comes to trans people — and especially transsexuals — in studies of high-risk populations. Many of late have been doing so by trying to include them under the term MSM (men who have sex with men). I’ve heard the creation of this term attributed to the Center for Disease Control, but it’s widely used now by United Nations -affiliated organizations and more," writes Dented Blue Mercedes. "MSM reportedly came to be because of a need to include males who identify as straight rather than gay or bi, but by circumstance still had or have sex with other males. What’s interesting is that even though MSM terminology was apparently devised in order to respect various mens’ identities... no such accommodation or respect is given to trans female communities." READ MORE