A Retrospective Review of Medical Records of Laboratory-Tested Sexually Transmitted Infections of Transsexual Men from Southern Brazil Academic Article uri icon

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  • The present study assessed the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in 90 transsexual men (female-to-male transsexual persons) from southern Brazil. A retrospective review of the medical records of all transsexual men who visited an outpatient clinic in Rio Grande do Sul from 1998 to 2017 was performed. Although the sample had a high prevalence of risk factors for contracting STIs, such as drug use, one-third of the participants had never been tested for STIs and, when screened, it was mostly for HIV, but not for syphilis or other STIs. Based only on laboratory-tested transsexual men, the prevalence of syphilis and hepatitis C was 3.4% and 1.6%, respectively, which is higher than the general population. It is clear that health professionals need to broaden their understanding of transsexual men, acknowledging STIs as a possible diagnosis.


  • Fontanari, Anna Martha Vaitses
  • Vianna, Luciana Lemos
  • Schneider, Maiko
  • Soll, Bianca Machado Borba
  • Schwarz, Karine
  • da Silva, Dhiordan Cardoso
  • Real, André Gonzales
  • Costa, Angelo Brandelli
  • Lobato, Maria Inês Rodrigues

publication date

  • July 2019