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Self-reported tattoo prevalence and motivations in transgender adults: a cross-sectional survey

  • Author(s): Ragmanauskaite, Laura
  • Kim, Jin
  • Zhang, Qi
  • Luk, Kevin M
  • Getahun, Darios
  • Silverberg, Michael J
  • Goodman, Michael
  • Yeung, Howa
  • et al.
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Purpose: To assess the prevalence and motivations for obtaining tattoos among transgender persons. Methods: A survey of 696 transgender persons recruited from the Study of Transition, Outcomes, and Gender (STRONG) cohort evaluated the prevalence of tattoos and motivations for acquiring tattoos. Results: Transmasculine persons were more likely than transfeminine persons to have tattoos (66.5% versus 24.0%, P<0.05). Most commonly reported motivators were personal preference, aesthetics, and/or symbolism (61.8%). Scar coverage and replacement of anatomic features accounted for 10.2% of responses. Conclusion: Future studies should look into the relationship between tattoos and health status in the transgender population.

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