On Being Well

Once a month, Mazzoni Center brings you “On Being Well,” a column that aims to address a broad range of health and wellness issues that impact LGBT communities. Mazzoni Center recognizes that wellness means more than just an annual visit to the doctor: It’s about having access to health insurance,and a culturally competent provider who understands your unique health concerns, as well as counseling/mental health and recovery support. It’s about making smart, informed decisions about your body. And it’s also about your social environment, and feeling safe, confident and empowered in your identity and within your community. For more about Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia’s home for LGBT health and well-being, visit www.mazzonicenter.org.


Are you “out” to the health-care providers in your life? If you’re a patient at our primary-care practice at Mazzoni Center Family and Community Medicine, 809 Locust St.

Since the start of the school year, no fewer than six young people have taken their lives after enduring homophobic and transphobic bullying in their schools.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this is a good time to make sure that hearts and flowers are the only “gifts” you give to your sexual partner(s) on this annual lover’s holiday.

Well, if you’re reading this article, you’ve made it through part one of the holiday “pressure cooker” already! Congratulations! One down, two more big ones to go!

Despite the onslaught of advertising, television, film and other media imploring us to “be happy” during the holiday season, for many of us, this is decidedly not “the most wonderful time of the year.

Every year around this time, we doctors and other healthcare providers are flooded with questions about “the flu,” and this year is no exception.

All up and down the Eastern seaboard, at beaches from Provincetown to Poodle Beach, Rehoboth and beyond, a silent killer is stalking its prey.

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