Sexual Health

Queer Women’s Empowerment Series

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During the month of June, the Women’s Health Team is hosting the Queer Women’s Empowerment Series, a workshop series that supports the health of lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer women. In collaboration with BAGLY, Good Vibrations, and the Network/La Red, the series will connect the community to resources around sexual health, healthy relationships, and resiliency building. What was the inspiration behind the Queer Women’s Health Empowerment Series? Tanekwah Hinds, Women’s Health Program Coordinator: I was scrolling through queer social media and seeing that so many events are targeted toward MSM, so I wanted to create an event series centering queer 
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Study Explores Less Invasive Options For Transmasculine Sexual Health Screening

By | Education, Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, LGBT Health, Research, The Fenway Institute, Trans | No Comments
Female-to-male (FTM) transgender men and transmasculine individuals are people who are assigned female at birth but identify as male or as masculine. Many FTM transgender men and transmasculine individuals are born with reproductive organs typically labeled as female (e.g. cervix), and most FTM transgender men and transmasculine individuals do not choose to undergo a full hysterectomy (removal of the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries).1 Because of this, many FTM and transmasculine people are at risk for cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), as well as other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and may not realize it. It is recommended that anybody 
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16 Haviland Street Offers Comprehensive Sexual Health Navigation, Testing

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Are you looking for a confidential, judgment-free zone to get tested and find answers to all your sexual health questions? Fenway Health’s location at 16 Haviland Street offers full sexual health navigation and HIV/STI testing five days a week! Walk-in HIV testing at 16 Haviland, including rapid testing, is available Mondays from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM, and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding holidays. There is often little or no wait time, and patients are typically in and out in a half an hour. Why not use 
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The HPV Vaccine is recommended for everyone under age 26

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Here’s why the HPV vaccine is recommended for everyone under the age of 26: the vaccine protects against genital warts and several kinds of cancer. Read the Q+A below for answers to some common questions about human papillomavirus (HPV) and the vaccine. What is HPV? HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection. Most people who are sexually active will contract it in their lifetimes. The virus is transmitted through skin-to-skin sexual contact, including anal, oral and vaginal sex. Everyone who has ever had intimate contact with another person is at risk, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Why 
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STD Awareness Month: The Clap, An Annoyance Or A Menace

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Greetings from Fenway Health and The Fenway Institute. It seems like many social topics have awareness days, weeks or months. Some of these may seem trivial (for example, Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day was Friday April 12, 2013), while others remind us of our community’s histories of struggle and triumph, and the lessons we should not forget (e.g., Black History Month, World AIDS Day, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, etc.). April is STD awareness month. And while not as laden with as much pain and triumph as the events mentioned above, there is something timely about it. 
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