The Fenway Institute at Boston’s Fenway Health has been approved for an $813,000 funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the sexual health of female-to-male (FTM) transgender people.
The project will focus on preventive sexual health screening with 150 sexually-active FTM transgender patients and comparing the effectiveness of alternative strategies for prevention, screening, and diagnosis. Researchers will assess the acceptability and effectiveness of self-swab HPV testing compared to clinical swabs as well as investigating the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in this group.
“This project will have a national and international impact on sexual health screening for FTMs, a hard-to-reach and underserved patient population. Findings will improve patient care, delivery, and decision-making in preventive sexual health screening and potentially lead to alternative screening strategies, as well as less invasive STI detection practices.” —Sari Reisner, a transgender health researcher at The Fenway Institute