Sexperts! Disrupting injustice through HIV prevention and legal rights education with transgenders in Thailand

Walsh, Christopher S. and Chaiyajit, Nada (2012). Sexperts! Disrupting injustice through HIV prevention and legal rights education with transgenders in Thailand. In: AARE-APERA 2012, 02-06 Dec 2012, Sydney.

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Abstract

In addition to a growing epidemic of HIV among transgenders in Thailand, a low awareness of how to access justice increases their vulnerability to HIV infection. This paper presents a unique case study of how one community-based and led organisation used social networking and instant messaging to address this problem among the transgender community in Thailand. It describes and analyses how online peer-based health counseling integrated HIV education and prevention alongside access to justice through free university-based clinical legal education (CLE). It argues that a community-based approach that integrates HIV prevention and education and access to justice within a wider sexual health programme, through digital technologies, is a sustainable approach for other populations disproportionately at risk of HIV. Furthermore digital media offer strategic opportunities to overcome on-going political violence alongside entrenched stigma and discrimination that disrupt denial of access to justice.

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