The Peer Advocacy Network for the Sexual Health of Trans Masculinities (PASH.tm) is a recently established and autonomous working group of AFAO.
The mission of PASH.tm is to address the sexual health needs of gay, bisexual and queer transgender men (transgender men who have sex with other men – trans MSM).
Who are we?
We are trans men with a diverse range of backgrounds spanning across grass roots activism, community organising, health promotion, HIV education, HIV activism, community development, policy, advocacy, project management, education, creative arts, resource development, sexual health, alcohol and drugs, media, youth and social work.
We are connected nationally and internationally and seek to build further partnerships improve the sexual health and well being of trans masculine people.
What do we believe in?
PASH.tm believes that advocacy, education, harm reduction and health promotion is best served through community engagement and peer-led programming. PASH.tm works from a space that honours sex positivity and is informed by an evidence based practice.
What do we want to do?
The goals of PASH.tm include:
- Establish a local evidence base regarding HIV/STI risks for trans MSM;
- Educate health providers to deliver culturally safe care to trans MSM; and
- Develop sexual health promotion campaigns and resources for trans MSM
Why is PASH.tm important?
TMSM are not identified as a priority population and are largely overlooked when it comes to sexual health promotion and HIV prevention.
There is limited global and local research about the sexual and risk taking behaviours of trans men who have sex with men, but what we do know is that trans men aren’t targeted with sexual health messaging, risk and harm reduction strategies or actively included in vital research or medical trials which focus on men who have sex with other men.
Limited international research indicates worryingly low rates of HIV/STI testing in all trans masculine communities and an epidemic HIV burden amongst transgender men who have sex with men.
Further research, information and campaigns will be available as they emerge here.