If your child identifies as transgender or gender non-binary or is exploring their gender identity or expression, you can find the answers and support you need at UChicago Medicine. Here, we strive to provide a safe, welcoming environment for your entire family.

Our pediatric endocrinologists (hormone specialists), behavioral health specialists, social workers and sexual health experts are dedicated to delivering gender-affirming care. This may include providing puberty blocking treatment according to current guidelines for pre-teens and adolescents who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria by a mental health professional.

Our caring team of social workers also can assist with name changes or other social issues that may arise.

Pediatric & Adolescent Care Services

At UChicago Medicine, we offer a variety of services including:

  • Puberty blocking therapy
  • Gender-affirming hormone therapy
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and treatment
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention
    • HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
    • HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

Adolescent Sexual Health Care

The Care2Prevent (C2P) program at UChicago Medicine provides care for people of all ages (including trans-identified youth) who are living with HIV or who want to stay HIV-negative.

Through Care2Prevent, you can receive free or low-cost HIV/STI testing and basic medical care. We also provide case management services if you are living with HIV, including helping you find educational opportunities, employment and medical insurance.

Behavioral Health Support for Trans-identified Youth

The caring therapists in our Care2Prevent program provide social, emotional and spiritual support to young people on Chicago’s South Side who are diagnosed with HIV or who are at risk for HIV. Many of our clients are young people of color who identify as transgender or non-binary.

Our goal is to provide a space for healing in which you are fully accepted. By working together, we can help you:

  • Adjust to a new HIV/STI diagnosis
  • Offer support if you are struggling with sexual trauma
  • Help you find treatment for substance abuse
  • Address family challenges such as acceptance
  • Connect you with other trans-friendly organizations on the South Side

We also offer workshops and support groups for families in an affirming space. You may access these services at no cost if you are uninsured or underinsured.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Pediatric & Adolescent Care Team

Our Pediatric & Adolescent Care Locations