National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2021 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 10 | Page No: 306-310

Sexual Health Status and Quality Of Life among Transgender Population in Chennai

Author: Krishna Prashanth B1, Mahalakshmi K2, Umadevi R3, Kalpana S4, Anantha Eashwar VM5


1Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Chennai

2Professor & Head, Department of Microbiology, Sree Balaji Dental College & Hospital, Chennai

3Professor & Head, Department of Community Medicine, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Chennai

4Research Officer, Department of Epidemiology, The Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai

5Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Sree Balaji Medical and Hospital, Chrompet, Chennai


Background: The sexual rights and quality of life (QoL) of all individuals must be valued, secured and ful-filled in order for sexual wellbeing to be achieved and preserved. Hence this research was undertaken to measure QoL in a population of self-identified transgender people and to study factors associated with sexu-al satisfaction in the same population. Methods: This is a cross sectional study conducted among 543 transgender people in Chennai conveniently selected by snowball sampling. Data was collected by a pre-tested structured questionnaire and = QoL by visual analogue scale (VAS), sexual satisfaction by one item from the Life Satisfaction checklist 9. Data was analyzed by using SPSS version 24. Results: In total, 543 respondents were included in the study. The age range was 18– 52 with a mean age of 38.5 years. Around 60% had sexual satisfaction and 24% suffered from sexual violence. Around 59% had a good quality of life and it was found to be statistically associated with stigma, sexual violence and sexual satisfaction. Conclusion: Interventions must be taken to reduce the stigma among trans genders with health education, awareness creation and reduction of stigma.

Keywords: Quality of life, transgender, sexual satisfaction

DOI: 10.5455/njcm.20210803020651