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Preventive Sexual Health Services for Transgender & Gender-Expansive Individuals

What Sexual Health Services Do Transgender & Gender-Expansive Individuals Need? 

Preventive service recommendations made by leading health organizations are made for “men” and for “women.” This language is not inclusive, and for people who are transgender, gender fluid, or gender expansive it might be difficult to read through recommendations without triggering gender dysphoria. As a result, we use the terms “people with a vagina/vulva” and “people with a penis” throughout this guide to hopefully make it easier for you to read and access information about what recommendations are right for you.

Transgender and gender fluid or gender expansive individuals may also have specific health care needs that deserve personalized attention from a health care provider. For instance, you may have additional concerns, like how to find an inclusive health care provider or how gender-affirming surgery may or may not impact your body and the services you need.

As a result, we have compiled the resources below to help you access the information you need to achieve good sexual health.

It’s important to work with a health care provider you trust to identify the preventive services that are appropriate and recommended based on your anatomy and your risk factors. To learn more about transgender health and preventive services, check out these additional resources at the end of this guide.

Sexual Health for Trans Men


This brochure answers common questions about sexual health for trans men.

Sexual Health for Trans Women


This brochure answers common questions about sexual health for trans women.

Human Rights Campaign: Safer Sex for Trans Bodies


The HRC Foundation, in partnership with Whitman-Walker Health, released Safer Sex for Trans Bodies, a comprehensive sexual health guide for transgender and non-binary people and their partners.

GLMA Directory for LGBTQ+ Friendly Providers


GLMA’s online Provider Directory can help those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer find a provider you can trust. Search for primary care providers, specialists, therapists, dentists, and other health professionals in your area.

It’s Your Body!

You know your body better than anyone. Always tell your health care provider about any changes in your health. Speak to them about any concerns you may have about conditions, diseases, or issues related to sexual functioning or performance.