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Meet Shawn

Shawn's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


Shawn (he/him) shared, "I’ve been on and off HRT for around 3 years now. The times when I’m off it are usually because I don’t have insurance and can’t afford it."

Shawn describes himself as kind, caring, generous, and funny – qualities that come in handy as a parent to 6 kids who keep him busy. He said, "I worry constantly about how I will get my T refilled and how much it will cost me. Receiving this award will help my stress and anxiety over missing shot day and being at peace knowing that I’ll still have it even if I don’t have the funds."

Shawn's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 29, 2022

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

    September 16, 2022

    Shawn was seen by his HRT/GaHT provider.

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Testosterone+

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