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Title: Sexual behaviour and prevalence of HIV antibodies in transsexuals
Authors: Chew, S. 
Tham, K.F. 
Ratnam, S.S. 
Keywords: HIV antibodies
Sexual behaviour
Issue Date: Feb-1997
Citation: Chew, S., Tham, K.F., Ratnam, S.S. (1997-02). Sexual behaviour and prevalence of HIV antibodies in transsexuals. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research 23 (1) : 33-36. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Objective: To present data on the social characteristics, sexual behaviour and prevalence of HIV antibodies in 277 transsexuals. Material and Methods: One hundred fifty-four male and 123 female transsexuals requesting surgical gender reassignment at the National University Hospital, Singapore were interviewed using a standard questionnaire. Blood samples were also taken at booking and prior to surgery and tested for HIV antibodies using a commercial enzyme immunoassay. Results: The mean ages of the male and female transsexuals were 26.3 and 28.3 years respectively. The majority of the transsexuals were Singaporean Chinese and had at least a secondary school education. None of the female and 14 (9%) of the male transsexuals were engaged in prostitution. Significantly more female (48%) than male (10.4%) transsexuals were sexually inactive. The sexual behaviour and practices of the transsexuals are also discussed. Conclusions: Significantly more male transsexuals compared to the female transsexuals, were sexually active, had earlier sexual contact, engaged more often in anal intercourse, and had 7 or more sexual partners. However, none of our transsexuals were positive for HIV antibodies.
Source Title: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
ISSN: 13418076
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