PASH.tm: Trans Men who have sex with men in the HIV response

Stream: Rapid Papers 2
Date: Friday, 1 April 2016
Time: 11.15 am – 1.00 pm

Abstract

The Peer Advocacy Network for the Sexual Health of Trans Masculinities (PASH.tm) is a recently established and autonomous working group of AFAO. PASH.tm seeks to address the sexual health needs of gay, bisexual and queer transgender men (Trans MSM). PASH.tm believes that advocacy, education, harm reduction and health promotion is best served through peer-led approaches. PASH.tm works from a space that honours sex positivity and is informed by evidence based practice. The goals of PASH.tm include: 1. Establish a local evidence base regarding HIV/STI risks for Trans MSM; 2. Educate health providers to deliver culturally safe care to Trans MSM; and 3. Develop sexual health promotion campaigns and resources for Trans MSM. Trans MSM are not identified as a priority population and are excluded from national PrEP access guidelines. This suggests that, despite evidence to the contrary, Trans MSM are considered at similar risk as heterosexual women. As such, Trans MSM have been overlooked from all major PrEP demonstration trials across the globe. Unclear rates of testing alongside current and flawed data collection for HIV notifications suggests a pressing need for the meaningful inclusion of Trans MSM in the national HIV response, particularly in relation to PrEP, and for further research to be explored. This oral presentation will introduce the work of PASH.tm and further explore the current evidence base as it pertains to gay, bisexual and queer transgender men.

Authors

Teddy Cook (Presenter), PASH.tm
Teddy has worked at ACON for three years. Currently as the Team Leader of Regional Outreach and prior to this as Community Health Promotion Officer in the Anti-Violence Project. He is a former board member of the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and is a founding member of the recently formed and autonomous AFAO working group focusing on the sexual health of transgender men who have sex with men called the Peer Advocacy network for the Sexual Health of Trans Masculinities (PASH.tm). Teddy is also a Science (Health Promotion) student at Curtin University.

Laurie Hopkins, PASH.tm
Laurie is a bush regenerator working in the Sydney Region, having studied Botany and worked in the environmental industry for a number of years. They are now studying to become a Registered Nurse at Sydney Univerity. Laurie has extensive experience in community engagement through their advocacy work for refugees, as Board Member, Building Manager and Vice-President of the Stucco Housing Co-Operative for 4 years, and as a youth ambassador for Headspace. Laurie joined PASH.tm near to its inception and hopes to continue to work in sexual health in some capacity throughout the remainder of their health career.