I first became more conscious of sexual health when I first started taking PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) before I started my transition as a Sistergirl (Aboriginal Transgender woman) three years ago. Once I became more sexually active, I also learnt more about sexual health and particularly the importance for Mob to also be conscious of sexual health as a high-risk community. STIs and HIV is still a leading concern in rural and remote communities, and we must stand together against the spread of HIV.
Historically PrEP was targeted at gay men or men who have sex with men, however as a Sistergirl on PrEP I know I have taken the right steps to protect myself from HIV regardless of my gender and sexual life. I encourage my Trans, Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities to be active in protecting themselves against HIV and STIs and spreading the awareness of sexual health within their communities. Sexual health does not have to be shame, we all do it and it is better that we are protecting ourselves and protecting others by spreading the word.
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