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.
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.