Thursday, March 16, 2017

first free replacement hormone clinic....

A friend of mine is the director of the KIND clinic in Austin which provides healthcare and education to the community, specifically HIV testing, acces to PREP and PEP and now Hormone replacement therapy medication...... News from KVUE channel 6 here.

Although I don't begin to claim that I understand everything involved with people unable to live with the gender they were born with, nor understand why a birth certificate would be changed from the gender they were born with, I admit I can't understand what I don't know and haven't experienced.  So although I realize I may have different values than my friends who promote free hormones to those wanting to change genders without any required counseling which they refer to as "gateways" and who provide free PREP medication to those who want to have unprotected sex. I respect the right to do so and the call and desire of people who want to service a community that through the work of the clinic is also educated about safe practices and sexually transmitted disease protection.  And the clinic gives the poor a chance to access it and not just the rich who can afford such with or without insurance. 
I cannot expect my values to be respected if I cannot respect the values of others. ( I often tell my students the importance in standing for something.  The danger is in having no values and standing for nothing, those are the ones easiest swayed and fooled and manipulated....something along those lines, I don't discuss it too much but it remains the tone of my encouragement throughout the semester.)


Anonymous said...

the thing is that when people are on PrEP, research shows they end up having LESS unprotected sex...and in order to get the medication, they often are required to submit to regular (quarterly) testing for other STI's. PrEP is a win, win,'s not about values, man. It's about smart health care and aconomics.

dan said...

I hear you, I know nothing much about PREP, i suppose I've always considered a monogamous relationship as an ideal for a sexual relationship, not that I've ever had either one. The values I have concerning clinics providing free Prep is hoping that surely and hopefully there are clinics provding lifesaving meds and care of others with more dire circumstances than able to have unprotected sex. but, yes, overall definitely as win win for all, sure.