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Meet Andrew

Andrew's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Andrew (he/him) is a 22-year-old trans man who has been on and off of testosterone since 2017 due to money troubles, health issues, and housing insecurity. "There were many times I had to make hard decisions over maintaining my health," he shared. "There was a period when I was off of hormones for almost a whole year because I couldn't find ways to appointments or pay for the care."

Andrew describes himself as a very kind person: he's always there when people need a laugh, some advice, or even just an ear. He strives to be the person he didn't have growing up. Being a full-time student, he's found it hard to focus on his studies while juggling two jobs—something he's done for as long as he can remember. "Receiving care is life-saving," Andrew said. "Getting so close to being who you are and having it ripped from you [for financial reasons] is heartbreaking. Sometimes there's nothing you can do but hope."

Andrew's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 22, 2022

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

    September 9, 2022

    Andrew was seen by his HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    January 9, 2023

    Andrew shared, "This grant has helped me so much. With this being online it has helped me not have to commute far just for care. Access to HRT is life saving I'm so grateful to be chosen for this. It's helped me so much in my day to day life."

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Testosterone+

On average, it costs $1,200+/year for Andrew'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.