LGBTQI+ Health - Resource Guide

Transgender | Students & Physicians | General Information | Youth| Elders | Safe Zone | Hotlines Numbers



MINORITY RESOURCES


TRANSGENDER HEALTH

International Foundation for Gender Education

World Professional Association for Transgender Health
Promotes evidence-based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health

Center for Excellence for Transgender Health
Health care services for transgender variant communities

Renaissance Transgender Association  
Source of health resources and providers

Trans Family
Support group for transgender and transsexual people, their partners, parents, children and others

AAFP Transgender Health Resources    
Sources of clinical guidelines and health resources

 

STUDENTS & PHYSICIANS

Gay Lesbian Medical Association
Health professional association that strives to eliminate disparities for LGBTQI+ individuals. To improve the climate of LGBTQI+ professionals by creating a welcoming health care environment.

Point Foundation -  (866) 337 - 6468
This foundation empowers LGBTQI+ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential. They give support through scholarships and guidance. 

ACLU - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Project  
Promotes fair treatment and equal rights regarding health care issues.

College Guide for LGBTQI+ Students
Maryville College Online provides many resources for LGBTQI+ students preparing to choose a college or university that is accepting of their identity and supportive of their unique needs. 

LGBTQI+ Scholarships 
List of college scholarships with application links available to LGBTQI+ students.


GENERAL INFORMATION

National Association of Gay and Lesbian Community Centers
Health and counseling support

PFLAG
Resource for parents on how to support your son or daughter in the coming out process

HRC (Human Rights Campaign)
Works for equality of the LGBTQI+ community at home, in work and their communities
 

Gay Men's Health Crisis
This organization is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention and advocacy.

Start Your Recovery
Alcohol and drug recover support for the LGBTQI+ community

YOUTH

National Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth Hotline
(800) 347 - TEEN

HIV/AIDS  
Project inform
Health information and treatment options


Medical News Today - HIV/AIDS 
News Updates and the latest information

ELDERS
www.sage.usa.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-SAFE

Nursing Home Abuse Center

Clinics Specializing in Treatment of the LGBTQI Patient

- Collen Lorde Community Health Center  -  New York
- Chase Brexton  -  Baltimore
- Fenway Institute  -  Boston
- Howard Brown Health Center  -  Chicago
- Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center  -  Los Angeles
- Lyon-Martin Women's Health Services  -   San Francisco
- Mazzoni Center  -  Philadelphia
- Whitman Walker Clinic  -  Washington, D.C.



SAFE ZONE

Definition:

A program designed to establish places or persons where the LGBTQI community can feel safe and welcomed. Training programs are available nationally to educate participants about this population. After completion of a program, a "Safe Zone Placard" will be send to identify you as a source of support and safety.


HOTLINE NUMBERS

National HIV and AIDS Hotline
1-800-CDC-INFO/1-800-232-4636

AIDS and HIV Resources for Women
www.thebody.com
(Tools for physicians and patients)
(Free app for iPhone )



PrEP for HIV Prevention

What is PrEP?

PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a medication prescribed daily to prevent HIV infection. In the United States, Truvada® (tenofovir and emtricitabine) is FDA approved for daily use as PrEP.

Who should take PrEP?

PrEP is recommended for patients without HIV who are at high risk of becoming infected via injection drug use or unprotected sex, particularly those in an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV-positive partner.

How effective is PrEP?

When taken consistently, PrEP reduces the risk of contracting HIV through sex by 99% and reduces the risk of contracting HIV through injection drug use by 74%. Maximum protection from HIV for receptive anal sex occurs at 7 days. Maximum protection from HIV for receptive vaginal sex and injection drug use occurs at 20 days.

How safe is PrEP?

Studies have shown no significant health effects in HIV-negative people who have taken PrEP for up to 5 years. Some patients have reported nausea, diarrhea, headache, dizziness and fatigue when taking PrEP.

How expensive is PrEP?

The cost of PrEP is covered by many health insurance plans. There is also a commercial medication assistance program that provides free PrEP to patients without insurance or with limited income.

How do I prescribe PrEP?

PrEP is prescribed as Truvada® 200mg/300mg 1 tablet by mouth daily. Patients must have a negative HIV screening test upon initiation, then undergo repeat HIV screening every 3 months. Initial lab work should also include a serum creatinine level and testing for other sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis B/C and syphilis. With continued PrEP use, bone mineral density testing could be considered in high risk individuals.