Research Opportunity: Poll on HRT and Top/Bottom Surgery

Research Opportunity: Poll on HRT and Top/Bottom Surgery

Charlie, one of my favorite people ever, is currently running a poll on HRT and top/bottom surgery for an upcoming presentation.

The following is from Charlie:

This is a two part poll for those who have experience trying to access hormones and or top/bottom surgery. The purpose of the poll is to collect some quick community data for my MedX Ed presentation on the informed consent vs World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care, and it will remain open until Thursday (24th). Please feel free to share amongst your networks so that as much of the trans community’s experience can be represented as possible. I also encourage you to respond to the poll with your comments, thoughts, and concerns about the standards/models so that they can be reflected in the talk/Q&A portion.

You can find the poll on Charlie’s Twitter. Part 1 on HRT is here and part 2 on top/bottom surgery is here.

Debbie Talks About Going ‘Flat’ on CBS

Debbie Talks About Going 'Flat' on CBS

Back in October, our pal Debbie wrote a guest piece about what it is really like to live with breast cancer and her choice to not undergo breast reconstruction surgery.

This morning, Debbie and some of her fabulous friends were featured on CBS’ Sunday Morning! They talked about their choices to remain flat and how their journeys have led to lifelong friendships.

You can find an accessible version of this story on the CBS News website. The YouTube clip is below.

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

In 2014, new diagnoses broke down like this:

  • Black women – 62%
  • Latinx women – 16%
  • White – 18%

New diagnosis rates are falling! Still, there is a lot of progress we have to make. One major issue is how there is so much stigma still associated with HIV/AIDS.

What can we do?

Take time to learn about HIV, living with HIV, and other resources. My favorites are patient activists Josh Robbins of I’m Still Josh and Brian Ledford of A Marine and HIV.

You also should check out episode 3 of our podcast with DJ D-REK.

Make sure that you take steps to protect yourself and others by using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) within 3 days of unprotected genital fun, and make sure to use condoms or dental dams for all genital contact you have in non-monogamous situations.

Get tested by visiting this site, texting your zip code to 566948, or calling 1-800-232-4636.

If you want to help raise awareness, you can donate a Facebook post or tweet via Thunderclap or use the tags #NWGHAAD and #bestdefense on social media.

Facts in this post come from Womenshealth.gov, the CDC, and AIDS.gov.