Learning Resources — Transgender Health

Creating a Transgender Health Program at Your Health Center

In this guide, we provide a framework for building a health program for transgender and gender diverse patients at your health center. There is no "one size fits all" approach to this work, but there are certain building blocks from which to create your own program that supports the gender diverse people in your community.

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What Health Care Providers Need to Know About Transgender Legal Issues

In this talk, Noah Lewis discusses legal issues that transgender people face and how health care providers play an important role in connecting patients to needed legal services including health insurance, employment, housing and education, and obtaining accurate identity documents.

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The Global Trans Community Responding to HIV

In this talk, JoAnne Keatley, MSW, discusses how transgender and non-binary communities are engaging in self-advocacy around HIV prevention, treatment, and research. Keatley focuses particularly on IRGT, a global network of transwomen and HIV, and how this international organization focuses on HIV prevention and treatment that is tailored to the particular needs of transgender women. Some of the other issues addressed by Keatley include how transmasculine people are working to have their identities acknowledged in data collection so that they are not grouped with cisgender men who have sex with men, how many transgender-led organizations are working to simultaneously address human rights issues alongside HIV work, and how peer-led education strategies can be extremely effective in combating HIV in transgender communities.

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PrEP and Transgender Communities: Evidence Informed Practices

In this talk, Dr. Tonia Poteat discusses best practices for prescribing and using PrEP among transgender patients.

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Fact Sheet: Transgender Health and Medical-Legal Partnerships

This fact sheet describes common social and legal needs that affect the health of transgender individuals, and ways integrated legal services can help meet those needs. It examines medical-legal partnership programs at three health care organizations and how they operate, and it shares stories of people benefiting from medical-legal partnership services.

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Caring for Transgender People with Severe Mental Illness

Transgender people, like the general population, can suffer from a variety of common and rare severe mental health illnesses (SMI). This brief will cover recommendations on caring for this high-risk population.

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Delivering HIV Prevention and Care to Transgender People

The web-based CME/CEU is designed to assist health providers caring for transgender people, with a focus on transgender women. The program presents the latest data on transgender people and HIV, describes the roles stigma and discrimination play in contributing to health disparities, and provides tips on how to provide patient-centered care specific to the needs of transgender people. The program presents strategies to make clinical environments more welcoming to transgender patients and covers critical topics in HIV prevention and care—including PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis); initiation of and adherence to ART (antiretroviral therapy); safer sexual behaviors; STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and HIV; and other important topics such as drug interactions with affirming hormonal therapy, partner services, and referral resources.

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Providing Affirmative Care for Patients with Non-binary Gender Identities

All members of a health care organization—front-line staff members, clinicians, and administrators—play a crucial role in offering an inclusive, affirming experience for all people, including those with non-binary gender identities. Everyone, no matter their gender identity or expression, appreciates friendly, courteous, and effective care. In addition, non-binary people, who have gender identities other than male or female, have unique needs when interacting with the health care system. Non-binary people face numerous health disparities as well as stigma, discrimination, and a lack of access to quality care. However, you do not need to specialize in non-binary health care to give your non-binary patients an affirming experience.

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Transgender Women and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention: What We Know and What We Still Need to Know

The National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

Transgender women are at elevated risk of becoming infected with HIV. Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention (PrEP) is effective in reducing the risk of HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM), heterosexual men and women, and people who inject drugs (PWID). While transgender women have been included in some clinical trials of PrEP, no study has shown PrEP to be effective in reducing transgender women’s HIV risk.

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Atención afirmativa para personas transgénero y de género no conformista: Mejores prácticas para el personal de atención médica de primera línea

Front-line staff play a key role in creating a health care environment that responds to the needs of transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people. Everyone, no matter their gender identity or expression, appreciates friendly and courteous service. In addition, TGD people have unique needs when interacting with the health care system. Many TGD people experience stigma and discrimination in their daily lives, including when seeking health care.

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