Gender
Affirming Care

Gender affirming medical appointments are offered to our transgender and gender nonconforming patients at no cost. Financial assistance for hormone re-placement therapy (HRT) medication is available.

What?

Gender Affirming Care at Kind Clinic is designed to provide our patients with culturally aware care in a safe and affirming space. Kind Clinic is a judgment-free zone, and we will keep information about your visit and health private and confidential. Everyone should have access to high-quality gender care and sexual health services, regardless of insurance, immigration status, or identity. We believe in kindness for all. Once receiving your gender care with us, you can talk to our staff about if any of our other sexual wellness services are right for you, including PrEP and PEP Access, HIV Testing, STI Testing and Treatment, and HIV Positive Care.

Kind Clinic clinicians follow UCSF guidelines for gender-affirming care.

Who?

We use an informed consent model. We give you the most current information we have about hormone replacement therapy, so you can make an informed choice about what to do with your own body. After prescribing hormones we will assist with access if needed, as well as referrals for other services or qualified physicians. Through our partnership with Out Youth we are happy to offer Transgender Wellness as an optional mental health service. Through our partnership with Austin Medical-Legal Partnership we can also assist you with legal matters or requests like name and gender marker change.

Cost?

Whether you’re looking to start hormone therapy (HRT) or you’re seeking a new medical provider for hormone therapy, you are welcome to receive services through Kind Clinic’s Gender Care at no cost for labs or medical visits. There may be costs associated with hormones, but if you are experiencing financial barriers to access your HRT, you may qualify for our Kind Medical Assistance Program.

FAQs

Kind Clinic offers free sexual health services in a safe and supportive environment regardless of race, creed, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation or ability to pay. Founded in 2015 by community activists and volunteers, Kind Clinic is a national leader in innovative sexual health care that offers patients access to HIV prevention medication known as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis), HIV testing and care, STI testing and treatment, and gender-affirming care in Austin and San Antonio. Kind Clinic is a program of Texas Health Action, a 501(c)(3) community informed non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to culturally affirming, quality health services in a safe and supportive environment with an expertise in serving LGBTQIA+ people and people impacted by HIV. For more information about Kind Clinic, please call 1-833-WE-R-KIND (1-833-937-5463) or visit www.KindClinic.org.

We will see patients as young as 16 years old. For patients 16 years of age, we require a referral from a Pediatric Endocrinologist. Kind Clinic does not offer prescriptions for GnRH antagonist (“puberty blocker”) medications.

Yes – If the patient is under the age of 18, we require a parent or guardian to be present at the first visit, unless the patient is legally emancipated; is enlisted in the military and currently on active duty; or, is age 16 or 17 and living separately from the patient’s parent or legal guardian.

Yes, as long as the patient is 16 years of age or older, a mental health letter is not required to receive care. For patients ages 14-15, we do require a referral from a Pediatric Endocrinologist.

Gender affirming medical care is provided to our patients at no cost.

Kind Clinic provides assistance to help cover HRT medication costs. With this assistance, HRT is offered at little or no cost to you.

The first part of your visit will be spent with a patient advocate. You will then see a clinician and complete required lab work before leaving the clinic. You will most likely receive a prescription for HRT that same day, unless the provider has a medical concern that would prevent you from starting HRT. STI testing is also available at your New Gender Care appointment.

Unfortunately, the wait time is the same for all new patients. We are unable to provide HRT prescriptions until you have been seen for your initial New Gender Care appointment.

No, we will set you up for a new patient PrEP appointment first. Your New Gender Care appointment will be scheduled out to next available.

No. State law prevents providers from treating patients across state lines. All patients must reside in the State of Texas to receive care.

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