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Rethinking MSM, Trans* and other Categories in HIV Prevention

1st Edition

Edited by Amaya G. Perez-Brumer, Richard Parker, Peter Aggleton


280 pages

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As the HIV epidemic moves into its fourth decade, it is clear that the global response has failed to adequately address the needs of a wide range of vulnerable populations and groups. Chief among these are gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and transgender persons, who globally face the disproportional burden of HIV infection.

This volume rethinks HIV prevention and health promotion for sexual and gender minorities – in both the industrialised societies of the West, as well as in the developing nations of the Global South. The chapters it contains offer a critical analysis of past and present HIV research employing categories to designate gay and other men who have sex with men, transgender persons, and/or other persons and communities with diverse gender and sexual identities.

Contributors question the politics of many of the existing classifications and categories in HIV research and argue for a more sophisticated analysis of gender and sexual diversity in order to tackle the social and political barriers that impede the design of successful HIV prevention and health promotion approaches. This book was originally published as a special issue of Global Public Health.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The trouble with ‘Categories’: Rethinking men who have sex with men, transgender and their equivalents in HIV prevention and health promotion Richard Parker, Peter Aggleton, & Amaya G. Perez-Brumer

1. In the Name of Brevity: The Problem with Binary HIV Risk Categories Rachel Kaplan, Jae Sevelius, & Kira Ribeiro

2. The conflation of gender and sex: Gaps and opportunities in HIV data among transgender women and MSM Tonia Poteat, Danielle German, & Colin Flynn

3. Towards ‘reflexive epidemiology’: Conflation of cisgender male and transgender women sex workers and implications for global understandings of HIV prevalence Amaya G. Perez-Brumer, Catherine E. Oldenburg, Sari L. Reisner, Jesse L. Clark, & Richard G. Parker

4. A global research synthesis of HIV and STI biobehavioral risks in female-to-male (FTM) transgender adults Sari L. Reisner, & Gabriel R. Murchison

5. ‘Men who use the Internet to seek sex with men’: Rethinking sexuality in the transnational context of HIV prevention Rusty Souleymanov & Yu-Te Huang

6. From Marginal to Marginalised: The Inclusion of Men Who Have Sex with Men in Global and National AIDS Programs and Policy Tara McKay

7. From MSM to heteroflexibilities: Non-exclusive straight male identities and their implications for HIV prevention and health promotion Héctor Carrillo & Amanda Hoffman

8. What is in a label? Multiple meanings of ‘MSM’ among same-gender-loving Black men in Mississippi Nhan Truong, Amaya G. Perez-Brumer, Melissa Burton, June Gipson, & DeMarc Hickson

9. Switching on after nine: Black gay-identified men’s perceptions of sexual identities and partnerships in South African towns Joanne E. Mantell, Jack Tocco, Thomas Osmand, Theo Sandfort, & Tim Lane

10. Intersections and evolution of ‘Butch-trans’ categories in Puerto Rico: Needs and barriers of an invisible population Alíxida G. Ramos-Pibernus, Sheilla L. Rodríguez-Madera, Mark Padilla, Nelson Varas-Díaz,& Ricardo Vargas Molina

11. ‘You should build yourself up as a whole product’: Transgender female identity in Lima, Peru Lealah Pollock, Alfonso Silva-Santisteban, Jae Sevelius, & Ximena Salazar

12. HIV Vulnerability and the Erasure of Sexual and Gender Diversity in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire Matthew Thomann

13. Gender identity, healthcare access, and risk reduction among Malaysia’s mak nyah community Britton A. Gibson, Shan-Estelle Brown, Ronnye Rutledge, Jeffrey A. Wickersham, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, & Frederick L. Altice

14. The limitations of 'Black MSM' as a category: Why gender, sexuality, and desire still matter for social and biomedical HIV prevention methods Jonathan Garcia, Richard G. Parker, Caroline Parker, Patrick A. Wilson, Morgan Philbin, and Jennifer S. Hirsch

15. Sexual identities and sexual health within the Celtic nations: an exploratory study of men who have sex with men recruited through social media Kareena McAloney-Kocaman, Karen Lorimer, Paul Flowers, Mark Davis, Christina Knussen, & Jamie Frankis

16. "I am not a man": Trans-specific barriers and facilitators to PrEP acceptability among transgender women Jae M. Sevelius, JoAnne Keatley, Nikki Calma, & Emily Arnold

17. ‘Proyecto Orgullo’, an HIV prevention, empowerment and community mobilisation intervention for gay men and transgender women in Callao/Lima, Peru Andres Maiorana, Susan Kegeles, Ximena Salazar, Kelika Konda, Alfonso Silva-Santisteban, & Carlos Cáceres

About the Editors

Amaya Perez-Brumer is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, USA.

Richard Parker is Professor Emeritus of Sociomedical Sciences and Anthropology at Columbia University, USA, and Director of the Associação Brasileira Interdisciplinar de AIDS (ABIA).

Peter Aggleton is Scientia Professor of Education and Health at UNSW Sydney, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery