I am a transsexual. A female-to-male transition. My gender change was accepted and handled without judgmental actions. I'm grateful to the staff for being caring and generous in this respect. Thanks you so much!
This was my 5th visit for the WIHS study and EVERY time I come I feel more like I am visiting with friends instead of some cold impersonal clinic visit. I want to tell you that this is very much appreciated. Thank you.
I value the WIHS study and feel virtuous, like I am helping other women with HIV. Also, the money really helps me through the month. I am on disability and need extra money to make me feel welcome. Sometimes it's hard to set up an appointment. We play phone tag a lot. I am in the Oral part of the study, also the anal part of the study. I feel that I am getting thorough medical information that I might not otherwise receive.
Jill and Rochelle, Thanks for coming out to Laguna Honda. That was a very nice thing to do. You two are very easy to work with. Thanks. It was a joy to do the interview with you. Thanks. Looking forward to the next one.
Hey ladies--remember that extra $20 Debbie offered you to "put a Q-tip in your butt and swish it around"? Well, thanks to that sub-study (the anal cancer study), I learned I have severe to moderate anal dysplasia. Whoever heard of anal dysplasia? What's so amazing is none of my friends, many of whom are at risk due to a history of anal sex, have never heard of it either. I'm not thrilled about the treatment for this problem (surgery), nor do I like getting quarterly follow-up visits, and I am also very happy I didn't end up with anal cancer at the age of 45 or 50. I guess that's the magic of the WIHS study--my greed ended up paying off. Thanks WOMEN!
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