Transgender Care

OFFICE HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 8:00am to 5:00pm Friday: 8:00am to 3:00pm
AFTER-HOURS CRISIS SUPPORT & VICTIM ASSISTANCE: 303-615-9911

Transgender Care

The Health Center at Auraria offers healthcare to transgender and gender expansive individuals. Services include Hormone Replacement Therapy, Medical and Mental Health Services.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
 

There are two types of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which are given based on the goal of treatment.

Feminizing Hormone Therapy – for transgender women, intersex people or gender expansive people. Oral and injectable medications are available.

Masculinizing Hormone Therapy – for transgender men, intersex people or gender expansive people. Injectable and topical medications are available.

The HRT Appointment
 

Each person who accesses care is unique and because of this it may take several appointments to determine if HRT is suitable and safe for the individual.

A diagnosis is required in order to prescribe HRT. The diagnostic code that is assigned is “Gender Dysphoria”, is sometimes automatically coded as “Gender Identity Disorder”. This is standardized by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and all medical providers in the United States use the same standards. Gender Dysphoria is defined as the distress that may be associated with the incongruity between sex assigned at birth and current gender identity. If HRT is prescribed, the intent is to reduce distress and improve quality of life.

HRT & Informed Consent
 
All patients who are prescribed HRT will review and sign an Informed Consent. This is to ensure that they are aware of the possible outcomes and side effects of starting HRT. It is also another opportunity to discuss any additional concerns someone has pertaining to HRT.

Primary Care Services

The Health Center at Auraria offers affirming Medical Services. The medical providers take the patient’s questions, concerns, risk factors and symptoms into account during each appointment.

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services are available at the Health Center at Auraria. We can also collaborate with all Counseling Centers on campus for cohesive mental healthcare services.

Health Insurance Coverage

Each health insurance plan is different. It’s important for any patient to understand what their health insurance plan covers for HRT, primary care and mental health services or any additional transition related appointments and services someone may seek. HRT is a covered treatment for students on the University sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan*. In addition, students on the Student Health Insurance Plan have medical and mental appointments at the Health Center at Auraria covered with no copayment.

*Currently available to MSU Denver students 9 or more credits and CU Denver International Students.

Call for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Outside Referrals

Many services that transgender and gender expansive individuals might utilize as part of their care (e.g. surgeons, speech therapists) will not be directly available at the Health Center at Auraria. Our providers often make referrals to outside providers when additional services are needed. We are always in the process of updating our list of potential referrals and resources. We are happy to hear feedback about outside providers as well as receive information about new potential resources our patients have heard about or worked with. We strive to help our patients access the most comprehensive care possible in their pursuit of well-being.

Transgender & Gender Expansive Resources

Campus Resources
 

Appointments for CCD Students.
Tivoli 245 | 303-352-3205

MSU Denver Counseling Center
Appointments for MSU Denver Students.
Tivoli 651 | 303-615-9988

CU Denver Counseling Center
Appointments for CU Denver Students. 
Tivoli 454 | 303-315-7270

24/7 Mental Health and Victim Assistance Crisis Line 
Available for all students, faculty, and staff on campus. 
303-615-9911

LGBTQ Student Resource Center 
Support and advocacy center available for all students on campus.
Tivoli 213 | 303-615-0515

Local Resources
 
Support


Transgender Center of the Rockies 
Offers counseling (sliding scale); drop-in center, groups, outreach, education, advocacy.

GLBT Colorado (The Center) 
Advocacy, planning, events.

Out Boulder County 
Support, local programming/ events, and resources.

Colorado Name Change Project 
Information/forms on how to update name and gender marker in Colorado.

It Takes a Village TransAction Program 
Provides support, outreach, help finding resources, groups and HIV prevention/ care.

One Colorado Advocacy 
Organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families.

Medical

Boulder Valley Women’s Health
Affirming health services and medical providers who prescribe hormones.

Denver Health LGBTQ+ Center of Excellence
Medical care including some surgeries.

Trans Health Boulder County 
Resource list and provider search.

Hey Denver 
A non-profit community-based organization that provides free sexual health services and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing.

Housing Insecurity

Urban Peak Overnight Shelter 
Drop-in center, education, and employment programming, supportive housing for 15-24 years old.

The Gathering Place Daytime
Drop-in center serving individuals who are experiencing poverty, many of whom are also experiencing homelessness.

National Resources
Support

Gay and Straight Alliance 
Advocacy, education and resources with local organizations.

LGBT National Help Center 
Searchable list of resources.

PFLAG
Promotes unity within LGBTQ community and aims to strengthen bonds with LGBTQ individuals and their families and communities.

It Gets Better Project 
Communication to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth that it gets better, and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

Health

AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) 
Search option to find local certified therapists who are AASECT certified.

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom 
Mostly aimed at those who participate in alternative lifestyles such as BDSM, polyamory, and kink.

Psychology Today 
Search option for local therapists. (When seeking a therapist, consider finding one that is certified through AASECT).

TransHealth 
Extensive collection of articles, links, and resources

Support Lines

LGBT National Youth Talkline
Provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat, and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.
1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-245-7743) [email protected]

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
Free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
1-800-273-8255

Trans Lifeline
Support hotline “staffed by transgender people for transgender people.”
1-877-565-8860

The Trevor Project 
National crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24.
1-866-488-7386 (866-4-U-TREVOR)

Disclaimer: This information is offered as a public service and the Health Center at Auraria does not recommend or endorse any specific provider or service. The resource list is provided for informational purposes only and not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Schedule an appointment

Call 303-615-9999 to schedule an appointment in advance.
Please note there is a failed appointment fee of up to $50.00 for missed appointments or short notice cancellations (less than 24 hours).