New study on stigma around trans women and HIV

*Note: Between lack of communication from the funder, the fiscal sponsor on the project and the staff hired – who also had an astounding lack of production the reviled the lack of communication. We also had a collaborator pull out because they don’t actually care about trans people and didn’t think we would actually get funding. As per usual the small grassroot org takes the brunt of the hit. We will likely never do something like this again. It was a lose, lose, lose situation for us.

Study open to trans people who were incorrectly assigned male at birth

For Release on 03/14/2019

Trans Women Study

Seattle— 03/14/2019 — We are pleased to announce a new study in Seattle regarding trans women is being conducted as a project of Rad Care. This study will be researching how stigma affects the ability of trans women to access HIV prevention and care services.

Project leaders have announced that they are now recruiting interview participants. This study is open to all trans spectrum and other non-binary individuals who were assigned male at birth (AMAB) . Interviews are scheduled to last 1-2 hours with a $75 incentive is offered to individuals who also have intersectional identities of black, indigenous, and/or latinx heritage and/or as sex workers, injection drug users, and/or people living with HIV.

Rad Care was developed from a prior qualitative study on trans people and healthcare barriers. This project is also in collaboration with the CFAR Community Advisory Board (CAB) and Lifelong AIDS Alliance. The work is funded as a program evaluation by the Washington State Department of Health. It is correlated to a similar evaluation in men who have sex with men. The Department of Health and HIV Planning Committee will use this information to prioritize future funding. This work will ideally be utilized to further develop a programming specific to the needs of the trans community and to apply for funding to create anti-stigma programming specific to Seattle, King County and the I-5 corridor.

Transgender women are at increased risk for acquiring HIV with as many as 28% of trans women living with HIV1. Stigma-related barriers to accessing HIV prevention and care services exacerbate this risk. “There is very little research on the impact of stigma on access to services,” said Smitty Buckler, Rad Care’s Founder and Executive Director,  “It makes it hard to fund research on the topic because a lack of data makes it difficult to demonstrate the importance of this work.” They hope that the findings of the project can be used to make the case for further research. Smitty utilized their preliminary research(2) to write the grant funding this project with hep from Scott Bertani (Lifelong). They are excited that they were able to hire Helena Maki, Sydney MacLean and Skylar Adams, all out trans women, to coordinate the study.

To find out how you can get involved as a participant: email or call/text 206-519-5888.

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