Trans Health

Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in the LGBTQ Community

Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in the LGBTQ Community

There is a higher prevalence of substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder, in the LGBT community. A new report addresses the reason for this disparity and the ways providers can address it.

Pediatricians and Gender Dysphoric Youth

Pediatricians and Gender Dysphoric Youth

There is an increasing number of youth seeking medical care for gender dysphoria but very little pediatrician knowledge on the subject. Provider training may be a helpful way to improve health outcomes for these patients.

LGBTQ Veterans Feel Uncomfortable Seeking Care at VA

LGBTQ Veterans Feel Uncomfortable Seeking Care at VA

Even with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, many vets still feel uncomfortable seeking care at the VA. One organization is seeking to address this issue with mental health and substance abuse treatment that requires staff to have cultural competency for military and LGBTQ communities.

Transgender Patient Care at Breast Imaging Facilities

Transgender Patient Care at Breast Imaging Facilities

A recent study assessed transgender patient experience and medical care at breast imaging facilities across the US. They found that many facilities lack policies for treating trans patients and may not have the needed training or structure to provide quality care.

Questions for BRCA1+ Trans-Feminine Youth

Questions for BRCA1+ Trans-Feminine Youth

A new case study this week in the journal LGBT Health explores the story of a trans-feminine youth identified as BRCA1+ at the onset of hormone therapy. Little is known about best practices for BRCA1+ trans youth, even though many physical and hormonal considerations exist. This case presents an emotional and personal justification for the visibility of trans lives in research and care recommendations.

Telemedicine for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Patients

Telemedicine for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Patients

In rural areas with little opportunity for finding alternate providers, telemedicine offers a way to reach patients who might otherwise avoid care. Telemedicine for trans and gender nonconforming patients is one promising way to reduce financial and emotional burdens.

An Integrated Approach: Geriatric Transgender Mental Healthcare

An Integrated Approach: Geriatric Transgender Mental Healthcare

For older individuals struggling with gender identity, mental healthcare providers are often a primary entry point into the healthcare system. New research suggests hidden strengths: integration of family-centered and interdisciplinary care teams.

HIV Care for Trans Women

HIV Care for Trans Women

The Fenway Institute published a guide on how providers can help trans women living with HIV remain in care and achieve better health outcomes. Here we explore the barriers that these patients face and the ways that healthcare professionals might help patients overcome them.

Providing Healthcare for Genderqueer and Nonbinary Patients

Providing Healthcare for Genderqueer and Nonbinary Patients

Genderqueer/nonbinary individuals face even higher rates of discrimination in healthcare settings than their binary transgender peers. This study investigates the healthcare experiences of some of these patients and provides recommendations for providers.

Resource: Taking Comprehensive Sexual Health Histories for STD Awareness Month

Resource: Taking Comprehensive Sexual Health Histories for STD Awareness Month

April is STD Awareness Month and the 2018 theme is “Treat Me Right,” which focuses on the relationship between healthcare providers and patients. The CDC has a variety of resources for providers, including a comprehensive guide to taking sexual histories that includes information about LGBTQ patients.

Using Chosen Names for Trans Youth Helps Reduce Risk of Suicide and Depression

Using Chosen Names for Trans Youth Helps Reduce Risk of Suicide and Depression

For transgender youth with chosen names that differ from the one given to them at birth, use of their chosen name in multiple contexts is associated with reduced mental health risks, according to a recent study. Providers and other people who interact with trans youth can support them and their mental health by using their chosen name.

Medicare Shines Light on Gender Minority Health Disparities

Medicare Shines Light on Gender Minority Health Disparities

Lack of visibility of trans and gender nonconforming (T/GNC) people in the healthcare literature and databases is a serious public health problem. Broad studies of T/GNC people like the one reported here are needed to relay information about the health needs of elderly and disabled T/GNC communities, which face incredible inequity and disparity.

Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy and the Need for Long-Term Studies

Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy and the Need for Long-Term Studies

Researchers found that short-term hormone therapy is safe with provider supervision, but there are few studies that examine longer term effects. This is crucial, as many transgender individuals remain on HRT for the rest of their lives.

HIV Prevention Meets the Vaginal Ring

HIV Prevention Meets the Vaginal Ring

New data from two clinical trials confirm suspicions that vaginal ring HIV prevention works better than originally observed. However, research must be built, conducted and disseminated in a way that gives service providers the tools and language they need to empower decision-making in all consumers, regardless of gender expression or sexual preferences.

Helping Trans People Access Healthcare

Helping Trans People Access Healthcare

Trans Buddy is a community of volunteers in Tennessee who are trained to support trans patients and help them through healthcare encounters. This is especially needed in the South, where uninsured rates are high and trans people frequently face healthcare discrimination.

Induced Lactation Allows Transgender Woman to Breastfeed Her Baby

Induced Lactation Allows Transgender Woman to Breastfeed Her Baby

Practitioners at the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery have successfully induced lactation in their 30 year old patient, a transgender women who wanted to breastfeed her newborn baby.

Transgender Men, Pregnancy, and the Role of Health Care Providers

Transgender Men, Pregnancy, and the Role of Health Care Providers

Transgender men and other gender nonconforming people have a variety of experiences with and values around reproduction. The authors of this study examined the experiences of transgender men around pregnancy and reproduction, including their healthcare needs and external factors that impact their experiences.