Apicha CHC continues to stand with transgender people as we recognize Transgender Awareness Week.
This week is an important time to recognize the identities and experiences of transgender people and gender non-conforming people. Though we always recognize transgender people and LGBTQI+ communities in our daily practice as a community health center, this week of awareness is an opportunity to nationally address & bring light to these issues we are fighting every day of every year.
When we look at these numbers, we are reminded that transgender people face serious barriers when it comes to health care. We are especially aware of the racial and class disparities that perpetuate these boundaries and obstacles even further.
“This week serves as a celebration of the diversity, inclusion, and resilience within the transgender community and a time to increase awareness of the unique health challenges that transgender individuals face every day.”
The National LGBTQ Task Force
Let's Pay Attention: Health Care Services are a Priority
Here are some of the troubling statistics reminding us of where transgender health care is currently and where it needs to be. We want to see social and cultural commitment to making the experience of transgender and gender non-conforming people dealing with this system infinitely more safe, inclusive, accessible and comprehensive. It has to happen.
50% of transgender individuals reported having to teach their providers about transgender care
19% of transgender individuals were refused care due to their gender
28% of transgender individuals delayed medical care due to discrimination, and 48% delayed medical care due to lack of coverage
An estimated 28% of transgender women are living with HIV
An estimated 56% of black transgender women are living with HIV
Only 12% of transgender women self-reported having HIV
What Apicha Community Health Center Can Do for You:
Apicha Community Health Center’s Transgender Health Clinic does everything it can to overcome these barriers. We are committed to providing whole person Primary Medical Care to address the distinct needs of transgender and gender non-conforming, gender variant and genderqueer individuals.
Our Transgender Health services include:
- Personalized Primary Medical Care
- Routine Check-Up and Immunizations
- Initiation and Maintenance of Hormone Therapy
- Short-Term Mental Health Services
- Care Management
- Transgender Groups
If you're interested in getting complete, competent medical care, click here to request an appointment at Apicha Community Health Center today.