The Transgender Motivation To Be An Hiv-aids Counselor: A Phenomenology Study In Rumah Rampak Polah Kuningan Regency

Nonok A. Nurcholisoh, Asep S. Ramadhy, Icca S. Amalia


Background: One of the obstacles in HIV-AIDS patient care is stigma and discrimination, particularly in specific community such as transgender. The stigma can cause someone isolated from social environment. Unstable psychosocial condition and risk behavior related to HIV transmission are common life in transgender community. Based on the current surveillance in 2014, HIV-AIDS prevalence among transgender community was increased. They need social support and Rumah Rampak Polah is one of NGO in Kuningan Regency who always give many supports and provide many empowerment programs to promote the positive behavior among transgender community. This study attempts to explore the transgender motivation to be a HIV-AIDS counselor. Methods: This research is qualitative which used phenomenology design and the participants were obtained by snowball technique. There were 8 participants: 3 persons transgender counselor, 2 persons counselees and 3 persons volunteers from Rumah Rampak Polah. Data is collected by in- depth interviews technique and analyzed by theme analysis. Result: 1) Authoritarian parenting and women domination in surrounding family environment contributed to gender orientation, 2) Transgender have been getting stigma and discrimination in employment and daily-life. 3) Based on Maslow theory, the dominant motivation among transgender to be a HIV/AIDS counselor is love and belonging needs. 4) Although transgender, they could to provide counseling service effectively, more convenient, satisfied and attractive. Conclusion: Transgender community is feasible to be HIV-AIS counselor because love and belonging needs factor. They can be involved in HIV-AIDS

promotion and prevention program. 

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