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The Fenway Institute Helps Develop Model Of HIV Care For Transgender Women In Peru

By | HIV/AIDS, Research, The Fenway Institute, Trans, Women's Health | No Comments
More than 100 transgender women in Lima, Peru, have joined an amfAR-funded study that aims to determine if combining HIV prevention and treatment with gender-affirming medical care will help these women access health services and remain in care. Transgender women have the highest prevalence of HIV in Peru—30 percent in Lima, according to one study, yet the least access to services. “Stigma and discrimination are powerful barriers that prevent transgender women from participating in society,” said principal investigator Dr. Javier Lama of Asociación Civil Impacta Salud y Educación (IMPACTA), a nonprofit that conducts HIV/AIDS research. “The staff of most public 
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Edge Media Names Policy Brief On PrEP For Transgender Women As One Of Top Women’s Health Stories Of 2016

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Edge Media Network has highlighted policy brief “Transgender women and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention: What we know and what we still need to know” as one of the most important women’s health stories of 2016. The brief was released last winter by the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care—a program of The Fenway Institute, AIDS United, and ARCW. In it, researchers explored the interaction between feminizing hormones used by transgender women, and the medication currently approved for use as pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention (PrEP). The brief also brought attention to the urgent need for more lifesaving research 
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Shortage of Injectable Estrogen is a Public Health Crisis

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Trans | One Comment
For nearly two years, drug manufacturers have not been able to meet demand for injectable estrogen, which is a commonly prescribed hormone therapy for transgender women. A policy brief released today by The Fenway Institute, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and Treatment Action Group (TAG) describes the shortage as a “public health crisis” and urges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be more proactive in seeking to resolve the crisis. “Hormone therapy is life-saving for many transgender individuals and the current shortage of injectable estrogen violates transgender individuals’ right to comprehensive medical treatment that is free of discrimination,” said 
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Transgender Awareness Month: Honoring and Protecting Our Community

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Each November, the transgender and gender non-conforming community and its allies come together to recognize Transgender Awareness Month. This is a time to reflect on the progress made in the fight against transphobia, remember those we’ve lost to hate violence and bigotry, look ahead at the work still to be done. Now more than ever, we need to be strong and supportive of all members of our community, and steadfast in our resolve to protect those whose rights and well-being are most vulnerable. One of the most important dates of Transgender Awareness Month is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This 
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New Paper Supports Informed Consent Model of Transgender Medical Care

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A newly published article, written by staff from Fenway Health’s Transgender Health Program, looks at the potential for creating more patient-centric and affirming transgender patient care practices through the informed consent model of medical care. Informed Consent in the Medical Care of Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Patients was published in the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics and co-authored by Timothy Cavanaugh, MD Medical Director for the Transgender Health Program; Ruben Hopwood, MDiv, PhD, Coordinator, Transgender Health Program; and Cei Lambert, MFA, Patient Advocate, Transgender Health Program. The informed consent model of care has evolved as an alternative to the standard 
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