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Meet Rikki


Rikki's story

HRT Access Fund recipient

Rikki (he/him) lost his job earlier in the year due to Covid-19 and was unable to continue HRT as a result. Before he thought he wouldn’t be able to start again. Now the HRT Grant is helping him get back on track with his medications and appointments. Rikki says, “Not only have they helped me to start testosterone again, but they have helped me to start feeling like myself again. These are just a few of the many reasons I love them. I hope their programs help others who are like me!”

Rikki's timeline

  • Award Granted

    December 31, 2020

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

    January 3, 2021

    Rikki 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 Rikki'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.