BMC provides care and guidance for individuals whose primary care providers are more knowledgeable about transgender care as well as for individuals with less knowledgeable primary care providers. We can support patients and their providers with education as required to enable patients to maintain relationships with providers convenient to them.
Boston Medical Center provides comprehensive trans-friendly services. Our primary care providers support trans and gender incongruent individuals from adolescence through adulthood.
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BMC offers behavioral health services for people considering gender transition designed to assist in evaluating the choices available and to better cope with the psychological difficulties inherent in such a serious decision. Psychological counseling during hormone treatment is usually supportive in nature and is intended to assist the individual in overcoming societal, family or personal issues inherent in this process. For individuals who do not identify as either male or female, psychological services provide a safe and non-judgmental environment to explore one’s identity and gender related issues.
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Boston Medical Center is a leader in hormone treatment for transgender individuals and serves as a referral center for transgender hormone therapy for all adults. Transmen and transwomen can be referred by their primary care providers. Available endocrine services include initial consultations, active monitoring/prescribing/management of hormone regimens, guidance with complex medical concerns, and second opinions about hormone treatment strategies.
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The Center for Infectious Diseases (CID) at BMC offers care and consultation for people living with HIV, chronic hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections and other infections. The clinic is unique in its multidisciplinary approach to empower individuals living with HIV to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. The CID care team consists of peer navigators, case managers, nurses and physicians and is skilled at creating tailored treatment plans for people living with HIV. The STD clinic offers screening for sexually transmitted infections (including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis), hepatitis C and HIV as well as counseling for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)—a daily pill used to prevent HIV transmission for those individuals at risk.
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How one sounds when they speak with others is crucial to affirming an identity. The Center for Voice and Swallowing offers high-quality voice and communication therapy so that a patient’s voice and how they present themselves will match with their preferred expression of identity. Our care team includes several trained Speech-Language Pathologists who specialize in feminization and masculinization voice therapy.
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