Behavioral and Health Outcomes for HIV+ Young Transgender Women (YTW) Linked To and Engaged in Medical Care.

TitleBehavioral and Health Outcomes for HIV+ Young Transgender Women (YTW) Linked To and Engaged in Medical Care.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsDowshen N, Matone M, Luan X, Lee S, Belzer M, Fernandez MIsabel, Rubin DM
JournalLGBT Health
Volume3
Issue2
Pagination162-7
Date Published2016 Apr
ISSN2325-8306
Abstract

We describe health and psychosocial outcomes of HIV+ young transgender women (YTW) engaged in care across the United States. When compared to other behaviorally infected youth (BIY), YTW reported higher rates of unemployment (25% vs. 19%), limited educational achievement (42% vs 13%), and suboptimal ART adherence (51% vs. 30%). There was no difference in likelihood of having a detectable viral load (38% vs. 39%) between groups. However, particular isolating psychosocial factors (unstable housing, depression, and lack of social support for attending appointments) increased predicted probability of viral detection to a greater extent among YTW that may have important health implications for this marginalized youth population.

DOI10.1089/lgbt.2014.0062
Alternate JournalLGBT Health
PubMed ID26789394
PubMed Central IDPMC4723288
Grant ListK23 MH102128 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
P30 MH097488 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040474 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States