Resources, Where to go for more information on transgender and HIV-compiled by Jeff Berry


Where to go for more information on transgender and HIV
compiled by Jeff Berry

Information for the transgender community is increasingly becoming integrated into many of the mainstream gay, lesbian, and bisexual resources that currently exist. Below are some additional resources you may find helpful. There are also numerous online websites and forums for the transgender community, as well as organizations which have local support group chapters around the country.

Community organizations, on-line resources, and internet forums

Recommended Reading


Medical care/Surgeons

Personal stories


Community organizations, on-line resources, and internet forums

Advocates for Youth

Resources for GLBTQ youth. 2000 M Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20036; Tel: (202) 419-3420; visit, click on search function and enter “Transgender”

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

Website with Transgender Health Resources section; visit

Website for trans women with text from published studies and books.

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)

MTF fact sheet; CAPS, 50 Beale Street, Suite 1300, San Francisco, CA 94105; Tel: (415) 597-9100; visit


Website which offers support for transgender teens and their families; lists therapists by state. Visit

FTM International

Serving the female-to-male community. FTMI, 601 Van Ness Ave., Suite E327, San Francisco, CA 94102; Tel: (877) 267-1440; visit

Human Rights Campaign

Tips on coming out (, resources for employees (, legal/advocacy issues (; personal stories. HRC, 1640 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036-3278; Tel: (202) 628-4160; TTY: (202) 216-1572; Toll-free: (800) 777-4723; e-mail:; visit

International Foundation for Gender Education

Organization advocating for freedom of gender expression. PO Box 540229, Waltham, MA 02454; Tel: (781) 899-2212; e-mail:; visit

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

National non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the U.S.; website has comprehensive section for transgender individuals and their families. PFLAG, 1726 M Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036; Tel: (202) 467-818; e-mail:; visit

Transgender Law and Policy Institute

Non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy for transgender people. Great source of news stories and other documents. E-mail:; visit

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transgender fact sheets. Tel: 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636); 1-888-232-6348 (TTY). Visit

Vancouver Coastal Health

Canadian health services agency with Transgender Health Program. VCH, 11th Floor, 601 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4C2, Canada; call Vancouver Coastal Health Information Line (604) 736-2033; (866) 884-0888 (toll free for residents outside the Lower Mainland); visit

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

Formerly the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders. Contact: Tara L. Tieso, MSW, Executive Administrator, 1300 South Second Street, Suite 180, Minneapolis, MN 55343; e-mail:; visit

Recommended Reading

Transgender and HIV: Risks, Prevention and Care; Walter Bockting, PhD; Sheila Kirk, MD, editors (Haworth Press, 2001)

Transgender Care: Recommended Guidelines, Practical Information, and Personal Accounts; Gianna E. Israel, Donald E. Tarver, Diane Shaffer (Temple University Press, 1998)  

Transgender Health and HIV Prevention: Needs Assessment Studies; Walter Bockting, PhD; Eric Avery, MD (Haworth Press, 2005)

“Estimating HIV Prevalence and Risk Behaviors of Transgender Persons in the United States: A Systematic Review”; Jeffrey H. Herbst; Elizabeth D. Jacobs; Teresa J. Finlayson; Vel S. McKleroy; Mary Spink Neumann; Nicole Crepaz; AIDS and Behavior 2008; 12(1):1-17

Transgender Rights; Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, and Shannon Price Minter, editors (University of Minnesota Press, 2006)



Medical care/Surgeons

To see a hormone protocol or request a directory of surgeons in the U.S. and abroad, contact the Tom Waddell Health Center (the transgender clinic of the San Francisco Department of Public Health), 50 Lech Walesa (Ivy) Street, San Francisco, CA; 1-415-355-7400. Visit

Personal stories

Calpernia Addams will make you laugh, and maybe cry. She’s a self-described “transsexual” actress, author, and activist, and star of the movie, Transamerican Love Story. Addams includes several YouTube videos on her site. The tragic story of her love with an infantryman who was subsequently murdered is told in the Showtime movie “Soldier's Girl.” “A group of soldiers in the deep South take vengeance against one of their own when word circulates that he's become involved with a transgendered nightclub performer in this drama based on a true story.”—New York Times review. Visit

Computer pioneer Lynn Conway’s comprehensive Website includes medical pages.

Transgender therapist Gianna E. Isreal passed away in 2006, but her articles and advice live on. Visit
Matt Kailey is an author, public speaker, and workshop facilitator. His work has included information about HIV, but unfortunately, is not on his website – to see it go to instead. Visit

Columnist and advocate Gwen Smith provides her perspective on the news for several publications. Visit

British Sarah Marie Page’s blog on her life and changes includes lots of medical information. Visit – “the complete HIV/AIDS resource” – has personal stories and more. Visit


Advocates, including Human Rights Watch and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, drafted the Yogyakarta Principles in 2007, addressing human rights and gender equality around the world. See

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