Health-Related Sexual Behavior among Transgenders in Singaraja, Bali

Made Kurnia Widiastuti Giri, Komang Hendra setiawan, Ketut Indra Purnomo, IP Adi Wibowo, Nyoman Kanca, Arie Swastini

Faculty of Sport and Health, Ganesha University
of Education Singaraja, Indonesia,
Doctoral programs, Faculty Of Medicine, Sebelas Maret University, Indonesia


BACKGROUND: The existence of persons with trans-genders orienta-tion (waria) is undeniable. Usually trans-genders are at risk for sexual transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS do to their sexual behavior. This study aimed to describe health related sexual behavior among persons with trans-gender orientation in Singaraja, Bali.

SUBJECT AND METHODS: This was a qualitative study conducted in Singaraja, Bali. The data was obtained from the trans-genders by in-depth interview and observation.

RESULTS: The trans-genders participated actively in social event and campaign related to HIV/AIDS prevention and control. However, they had high-risk sexual behavior, such as doing oral sex, anal sex, and squeeze sex. Only 80% used condoms during sexual intercourse. The trans-genders rarely checked up for reproductive health provided by the District Health Office in Singaraja, Bali. They were reluctant to be examined by female doctors.

The trans-genders in Singaraja, Bali, still have high-risk sexual behavior. The rarely use reproduction health services provided by the government, among others because they are not comfortable to be examine by female doctors.

Keywords: waria, trans-genders, sexual behavior, reproduction health


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