Exploring barriers and facilitators in achieving positive sexual health among trans-femme youth

The overall purpose of this study is to explore sexual health needs of trans-femme youth using a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) appraoch. Trans-femme is a term used to indicate anyone who was assigned male at birth and now identifies with femininity. The lack of understanding about the sexual health needs of trans-femme and low levels of relevant sexual health education have put an increased risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections/Sexually Transmitted Disease (STI/STDs) and HUman Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infenction among trnas-femmes. Yet little is known about their sexual health concerns. My study will idenify the barriers and facilitators experienced by trans-femme youth in achieving positive sexual health. The photographs taken by the participants will help them to share their concerns around sexual health. Findings will generate suggestions for policy maker about the ways to achieve the gender-inclusive sexual health system.

Faculty Supervisor:

Jane Springett;Denise Spitzer;Glynnis Lieb


Deena Giri


Pride Centre of Edmonton


Epidemiology / Public health and policy


Health care and social assistance


University of Alberta



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