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Meet SV

SV's story

HRT Access Fund recipient


SV (he/they) a 22-year-old Autistic masc non-binary person of color. They are seeking to further their transition with HRT. Not only does SV live in a conservative state, but he also has a strained financial situation due to his disabilities and mental health related care.

"Gender-affirming care will not only improve my mental health but ensure my safety while living in a conservative area," SV shares. "This means I can finally rest easy knowing my body finally matches how I've always felt."

SV loves being outdoors and aims to be a wildlife biologist. He's an avid vulture culture fan and often takes hikes to find new and interesting things to write about.

SV's timeline

  • Award Granted

    September 13, 2023

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

    October 10, 2023

    SV was seen by their HRT/GaHT provider.
  • Update

    January 20, 2024

    SV shared, "Since gaining access to gender affirming hormone therapy, I've noticed I've finally been able to relax now that my body reflects my inner self. I no longer feel worried that someone might misgender me in public. Having access to HRT has helped me tremendously in my day to day life! I feel safer and more content in my body where as I used to be distraught and nervous being in public. I've noticed a change in my voice and face, it'd been the most exciting changes I've noticed."
  • Update

    May 21, 2024

    SV shared, "8 months in on T and I feel the best I've ever felt. I'm feeling much more confident in my body and I'm even making plans to go out and try to be more social since I finally feel comfortable in my own skin."

Grant details

$1,200 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Testosterone+

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