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Transgender Primary Care Services
However you define transgender, if you need information, health care, support or someone to talk to, we are ready to serve you. We believe that being trans/gender variant is a gift and you deserve to be provided with the best services possible. We have provided trans services for trans-feminine/trans-masculine/intersex identified clients.
And we are one of the best kept secrets in the Bay Area. Our providers have received training from Dr. Nick Gorton, M.D. from the Lyon-Martin Health Services in SF.
Transgender Primary Care Services
Step by Step Guide
Tri-City Health Center's Transgender Services are available on Mondays and select Thursdays. Our Transgender team approach is based on the belief that you should be empowered to make an informed decision on whether hormones are the right choice for you.
Our hormone access is based on the concept of "informed consent." This means that at the time you give your consent for hormones:
All clients wanting hormones must screen for HIV/STD's unless they have proof of this testing within the last three months. This is recommended by the Tom Waddell Clinic Hormone Protocols
The TransVision Team and our medical providers are here to respect your decision to begin/continue hormone therapy and help guide you through the process.
To Download this Step by Step Guide:Click Here for English or Click Here for Spanish
Here's How it Works:
Step I. Eligibility
A TransVision staff who is trained in Hormone Education and Counseling will call or email and screen for Tri-City Health Center eligibility, reasons for wanting a hormone consultation, and as tell you what to bring for your first appointment. They will schedule an appointment to meet with you for your in-person Hormone Education and Counseling Session on a Monday or Thursday.
Step II. Hormone Education and Counseling Session
A Hormone Education and Counseling Session is a 30 minute in-person educational opportunity for you and the TransVision Counselor to talk about specific needs, goals, and expectations regarding hormones and/or gender transition, discuss the risk factors associated with hormone therapy, review the Informed Consent for Hormonal Therapy Form, and explain the transgender primary care services at TCHC.
Step III. Enrollment
A. Alameda County Residents:1. Do you have Medi-Cal, Medi-CARE, or Alameda Alliance?
If you live in Alameda County and have Medi-Cal, Medi-CARE, Alameda Alliance, or other public approved insurance and verified, you will be given TCHC registration forms. Please note: this is done prior to the Hormone Education and Counseling Session.
If you are an Alameda County resident and have no insurance and are eligible for the County Medical Services Indigent Program, (CMSP/Health PAC), TransVision staff will set up an appointment for CMSP/ Health PAC enrollment prior to your first medical appointment.
Please note: If you do not qualify for CMSP/ Health PAC, TCHC Sliding Scale or Private Pay Scale will be used as applicable.
B. Non-Alameda County Residents:
If you have full Medi-Cal or Medi-Care coverage, we can see you; otherwise TCHC Sliding Scale or Private Pay Scale will be used as applicable.To Download TCHC Enrollment Forms: Click Here for English
To Download List of Approved CMSP documents:
Click Here for English or Click Here for Spanish
Step IV. Medical Appointments1. At the first medical appointment, the provider will:
a. Discuss hormones/primary care issues and may order a Lipid Panel (labs).
You will be instructed to fast before the appointment by the TransVision staff, after the staff consults with the medical provider.
b. Take a health history that will determine any medical issues/conditions that could affect hormone therapy.
c. If you are Sliding Scale or Private Pay Scale, you will be asked to pay all/half/or whatever you can pay at the end of the first appt.
2. The second appointment will take place five or more days after the first. At this appointment:
a. STD and HIV testing will be completed if it was not done during the first appointment.
b. You may be given a hormone prescription if you completed testing during your first visit or if you have proof of this testing within the last three months.
c. Tri-City Health Center does not cover the cost of the actual hormones. You will have to pay for them out of pocket, unless your insurance covers them. Once you receive a prescription, you may fill it wherever you feel it is best for you. TransVision will provide you with a list of pharmacies that are known to be easy to use or which cover certain hormones or gender transition medications on low-cost plans.
Please Note: If you have any positive STD results, treatment must be completed before a prescription can be provided. If your HIV test results are positive, this does not mean that you aren't eligible for hormone therapy, but you must have follow-up HIV testing and be evaluated by an HIV specialist before beginning hormone therapy.
If you have other medical conditions, the provider will work with you to try to resolve them, whether or not they could be affected by hormone therapy.
Step V. Follow-up1. You will have a follow up appointment with the medical provider three months after staring hormone therapy. Lab work may be ordered before or after this appointment.
2. At three months after any dosage increase
Completing these steps to begin or continue hormone therapy is important but so is maintaining your overall health and wellbeing. Your whole body deserves attention. It is important to continue general health prevention and screening checkups that include:
Tri-City Health Center follows UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health Primary Care Protocols:http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/trans?page=protocol-00-00
Safe Injection ResourcesGreat self-injecting videos for transmen:
Handouts:Self-Inject in 25 Easy Steps handout: Click here
Click on our MATERIALS AND LITERATURE Page for our "How to Inject Hormones Safely" downloadable lobby card.
We also provide free hormone syringes/bios/ and free syringe disposal at our State Street location. For info, ask for Tiffany, Tanajsha, or Lee, or Generations Staff.
Smoking Cessation ReferralsOur LGBTQ tobacco prevention and education program "Just For Us" offers local referrals for LGBTQ members who are interested in quitting smoking. Our health education staff can also provide assistance with helping you setup a quit smoking plan that works for you! You can also pick up additional material about quitting smoking, find out about our second hand smoke community advocacy effort and learn about how you can make a difference by helping out. Ask for Lee Staub.
HIV Testing is available during our drop-in clinic hours and at various locations throughout Alameda County. We offer confidential testing. Our HIV testing is always free. We offer the Ora Quick method of testing which means that you could relieve your results the same day as you test. Ora Quick is a needle free way of getting screened for HIV. Check out our Schedule of testing to find a location and time that best fits your schedule.
CONFIDENTIAL HIV TESTING
Confidential HIV testing is when a person gets tested for HIV and that person gives their name and contact information such as mailing address and phone number. All information provided is kept private and cannot and will not be given out to anyone else. Results can be given in writing or verbally when you take a confidential HIV test.
NEGATIVE HIV TEST RESULT
A negative HIV test result means that there were no HIV antibodies detected at the time of the test. When your results are given to you, a test counselor will discuss the window period with you and when you should take another HIV test.
PRELIMINARY POSITIVE RAPID HIV TEST RESULT
A preliminary positive rapid HIV test result means that HIV antibodies were detected. Since the sample was only tested one time, another sample must be taken the same day to confirm the preliminary positive result. Once the second sample is sent to the lab it is tested two more times. Once the final results come in, an appointment will be scheduled to receive the confirmatory results.
The window period is the period of time it takes for HIV to show up in a person's system before they test positive. This period of time can take anywhere from two weeks to no more than six months. During the window period a person could test negative for HIV but really positive. This is because it may take longer for their system to produce enough of the HIV antibody to be detectable by the HIV test.
PARTNER COUNSELING AND REFERRAL SERVICES
Partner Counseling and Referral Services (PCRS) is a service that is offered to people who are HIV positive and would like to notify people that they may have exposed to HIV through sex or needle sharing. Staff can help the person prepare to disclose their status themselves to their partners, or can anonymously notify the partners that they may have been exposed and should get tested for HIV.
HIV CARE PROGRAM
Our care program offers excellent care and treatment for HIV positive individuals who reside in Alameda County. Our clinicians and medical team are experts in the field of HIV and work with each patient to develop a medical treatmant plan that fits your lifestyle. Our clinic and care staff will be here for you to offer support, tips, and other assistance that helps you out. Aside from our HIV Care services, we also offer other programs and services that you may benefit from. We also offer:
To receive more information about our HIV Care and Treatment program you can call (510) 713-6690 and ask to speak with a case manager or the Program Manager.