Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy: 2010–2013

5.4 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, other men who have sex with men, sistergirls and transgender people

Page last updated: July 2010

A range of factors continue to place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, other men who have sex with men, sistergirls and transgender people at particular risk of infection, including:

  • barriers to accessing some health services, including testing services, for reasons of actual or perceived homophobia, racism, discrimination and cultural insensitivity
  • high levels of population mobility, including movement between communities and between urban, rural and remote settings
  • low levels of HIV awareness, including prevention, treatment and care options
  • lack of acceptance of homosexuality and transgender status ithin some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • alcohol and other drug use
  • where there is a culture of violence towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men and sistergirls.