Trans and cis women and men all have similar levels of PrEP drugs in blood

nam/aidsmap, 7 September 2020

A study in which 24 trans women and 24 trans men who were taking gender-affirming hormone therapy were directly observed to take a daily dose of the standard formulation of the HIV prevention medication PrEP found that the levels of the two PrEP drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine were similar to the levels seen in similar cis men and women, and were all above levels associated with efficacy.

This study to some extent addresses concerns raised by a couple of other studies which had suggested that both levels of gender-affirming hormones and levels of PrEP could be lower in trans people taking PrEP, due to drug-drug interactions.

How sexual assault survivors can feel in control during cervical screenings

ABC Life By Kellie Scott / 12th August 2020
Kate* avoids cervical screenings.The 34-year-old from Sydney is a survivor of sexual assault and finds the physical examination re-traumatising.

Kate’s experience is not unique.

One in five Australian women has experienced sexual violence since the age of 15. And research shows those who have experienced sexual abuse, either as adults or children, are less likely to attend regular cervical screening.

Hormones are not the key to younger women’s sexual function

Monash University, 22 July 2020

A Monash University study into the causes of sexual dysfunction in young women has found social factors play just as important a role as hormone levels, and hormone therapy should not be prescribed as the only treatment.

The study uncovered that while hormones, including androgens like testosterone, play a role, the things that matter more are whether a woman has children (parity), being partnered or taking psychoactive medication for depression or other mental health issues.

Sexual minority women face barriers to health care

The Conversation, October 23, 2019 9.25pm AEDT

Stigma and discrimination are common experiences that people who identify as LGBT or sexual minority face when accessing health services. One report found that one in seven LGBT people in the UK avoided seeking healthcare for fear of discrimination from staff. As many as one in four also experienced negative remarks against LGBT people from healthcare staff.