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.

Transgender health concerns

As human beings, we have many ways in which to identify or define ourselves.

This week wraps up STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to encourage discussion of sexual health and routine screening for STDs for those who may be at risk.

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.

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