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Meet Alex

Alex's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Alex (he/him) is a 26-year-old trans man with two young children. He first started his medical transition in August 2014 and continued until 2018 when his doctor retired. At that point, there were no other trans-affirming doctors he could see, either due to their high costs or far-away locations from where he lives. As a result, Alex had to stop HRT abruptly: with nowhere else to go to access his healthcare needs, his whole life seemed to come to screeching halt. It affected his mental health, and contributed to financial problems for his family. Alex shared, "When I had to stop taking hormones, it had a negative affect on every single aspect of my life. I saw the physical changes – changes that I had finally gotten after waiting so long  – start to fade away. I can't wait to be me again." Above all else, he enjoys spending his time with family and his partner, who is also his high school sweetheart.

Alex's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 1, 2021

    Alex was awarded a grant toward HRT/GaHT!
  • HRT Onboarding Date

    October 5, 2021

    Alex was seen by his HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

About Testosterone+

On average, it costs $1,200+/year for Alex's care.

What is it?

Testosterone+ refers to the gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT) methods that some trans men, trans masc, and non-binary people take that result in physical changes which align with their gender identity. Every person's preferences and personal healthcare needs vary, so this can include oral medications, injections, and transdermal patches.

How accessible is it for trans folks to receive this care?

For trans folks who live in states most impacted by anti-trans healthcare legislation, it can be extremely difficult to find a knowledgeable, trans-affirming provider as well as access prescription medication. Many insurance plans do not cover HRT. For trans folks without insurance coverage, the ongoing out-of-pocket expense can be challenging.

What is the impact of this care on the recipient’s life?

Testosterone+ introduces a wide range of masculinizing physical, emotional, and psychological changes that align with their gender identity. This often leads to a more positive emotional well-being, increased confidence, increased safety when in public, and better opportunities at employment and more.