National Online Focus Groups

From July 2015 through July 2016, we will be holding a National Online Focus Group throughout the United States. We will host online chat forums to get input from community members on barriers and facilitators to accessing sexual health care for trans masculine patients, perceptions of different screening techniques, needed community resources, and ideas for dissemination of findings. Each online focus group will be conducted with 8-12 individuals. Participants will be divided into the following three groups:

  • Stakeholders
  • Providers
  • Trans masculine identified individuals.

Focus group participants will receive a $20 Amazon credit for participating in the group. Incentives will be emailed to the participant at the conclusion of the focus group.

Online focus group topic postings will include, but not be limited to:

  1. Perceived risk of HPV and other STIs in trans masculine individuals;
  2. Acceptability of different sexual health prevention screening techniques for trans masculine individuals;
  3. Specific factors that might encourage or discourage screening.
  4. Desired sexual health screening resources for a) patients, b) providers, c) key stakeholders;
  5. Ways of disseminating information on preventive sexual health screening, including study findings, to different groups.

Focus group eligibility

For all participants:

  • Age 18+ years
  • Able to speak and understand English
  • Able to access the internet during the three days that the focus group will be conducted, from a safe and relatively private place.
  • Willing and able to complete informed consent process

For trans masculine individuals:

Assigned a female sex at birth and now self-identify as a man, trans masculine, trans man, FTM, transgender, genderqueer/non-binary, transsexual, male, and/or another diverse transgender identity or expression; .

For providers

A healthcare provider who provides Pap tests to FTM patients currently

For key stakeholders

  • A “professional stakeholder,” meaning you are someone who works professionally with trans masculine people and/or policies and systems that affect trans masculine people. This may include mental health providers, medical providers who provide services other than Paps (endocrinologists, plastic surgeons, etc), advocates, researchers, and policy-makers.
  • Or, you are a “personal stakeholder,” meaning you are someone who is a friend, family member, partner, or ally to a trans masculine person, or a grassroots activist for the trans masculine community.


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