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Where Can Trans People Find Online Consumer Health Information?

June 19, 2017

Transgender people are not entirely without access to online consumer health resources. A number of different agencies and organizations do provide comprehensive information within the digital space. But these articles and data can be hard for trans people to find, said Laura Erickson-Schroth, M.D., editor of the 2014 book, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource Guide for the Transgender Community.

To make it easier, TheBody.com has put together a list of sites provided by Erickson-Schroth and other advocates. Here are some key places online where members of trans communities can turn for answers about their health concerns.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, published in 2014, is a complete resource book and online guide for the transgender community. Information on health care and legal issues, among other topics, is provided.

The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, a program of the University of California San Francisco, includes a comprehensive standard of care that will answer many, if not all, of providers' questions on trans care. Although it is geared towards health care providers, it can also provide transgender people with in-depth information.

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, a provider of trans-affirming care, has also created a range of online resources, including a guide on medical emergency planning; pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) information; and brochures on safer binding, tucking and silicone.

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The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association provider directory has been called the most comprehensive resource for finding transgender-friendly doctors. You'll need to click on the "Additional Search Options" button and then use the "Patient/Client Focus" button to identify providers listed as trans-focused.

Transgender Care Listings is a straightforward, searchable site with state-by-state listings for a wide range of care providers, with a page that allows users to recommend other providers for inclusion or deliver requests to edit or remove resources.

Fenway Institute's National LGBT Health Education Center has dedicated resources for both health care providers and transgender people seeking health information. There are webinars, learning modules, reading materials and online courses available.

RAD Remedy is a site connecting transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex and queer people to safe and comprehensive care.

HIVE: A Hub of Positive Reproduction and Sexual Health hosts two resource sites focused on either trans women or trans men. They include two guides for trans people with HIV considering having babies, a panel on trauma resources and PrEP information and stories.

Greater Than AIDS, the public information site, has a campaign dedicated to trans women living with HIV.

Positively Aware is the HIV/AIDS treatment journal of the Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) in Chicago, and it has a section dedicated to trans resources.

Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy research nonprofit, has information on health and access to care and coverage for the LGBT community.

Planned Parenthood has sections on its website dedicated to transgender and gender nonconforming health care. Sites for Planned Parenthood state chapters also have information on trans and gender nonconforming health.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) has publications and resources on medical research and standards of care.

The American Medical Student Association, a student-governed national organization, provides a list of resources for transgender health aimed at providers and trans people themselves.

Annamarya Scaccia is an independent journalist.

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