Hep C and Transgender Health
While being transgender is not a risk for Hep C in itself, some trans individuals may be at increased risk for Hep C.
Hep C is spread when the blood of someone who is infected with Hep C comes in contact with the blood of someone else. You may be at risk for Hep C if you:
- Have ever shared equipment to inject silicone, drugs, hormones, or vitamins (equipment includes needles, cookers, cottons, water, etc.)
- Have received a tattoo or piercing at a place other than a licensed shop
- Have been involved or are currently involved in sex work.
Hep C is treatable and curable. The first step to keeping yourself healthy is getting tested. To find testing sites, click here.
Looking for trans-specific resources about Hep C, injecting hormones, and health in general? Check out the list below ⇓
Services and Resources
How to Safely Self-Inject Your Hormones
Harlem United provides advice and support for those self-injecting hormones.
Trans Women Support Group [Community Healthcare Network Bronx]
Community Healthcare Network Bronx has a group for trans women. For more information on CHN trans programs, contact Julian Cabezas.
Trans/GNC Feminine Spectrum [The LGBT Center]
The LGBT Center holds a support group the first Wednesday each month for those who identify as trans-femme, trans-women, women, trans-female, cross-dresser, drag queen, transsexual, femme queen etc. For more information, check out their calendar and TGNC resource page.
Trans Life, Health, and Support Resources [CK Life]
CK Life (Community Kinship Life) has many trans-specific resources available, from medical services and scholarships for surgery to a conference for Trans POC, Stealth/low-disclosing individuals, and their allies.
Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery [Mount Sinai]
The Center for Transgender Surgery and Medicine’s multidisciplinary approach to health care for transgender individuals incorporates primary care, transition care, and behavioral health in an affordable and accessible program.
HIV & Hep C Co-infection Information
If you are currently HIV and Hep C positive, we can help. Learn more here, or consider joining the Trans*National Study.
FOR CLINICIANS: Transgender Health and Hepatitis C
The UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health provides a through explanation of the intersection of trans identity and Hep C, and a detailed guide for Primary and Gender-Affirming Care of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People.