EXPRESS yourself What to consider about gender expression

Chase Brexton Health Care Individuals’ gender identities, and the ways they express them to the outside world, can be among the most personal, emotional, and important aspects of who someone is. There’s no “correct” way to express one’s gender, but there are many factors to consider when making the decisions that feel right to you. Your primary care provider can be an important resource in this process, and help aid in safe decision-making. We asked Dr. Elyse Pine, a pediatric endocrinologist with Chase Brexton Health Care’s Gender Journeys of Youth program, to explain more about gender expression. What should individuals […]

How to Live / Work with a Difficult Person

Is there anyone in the world who has had to work or live with someone who creates conflict or makes your life difficult in general? The bottom line is that you have to learn to negotiate in life whether it is for eight hours a day or all the time you are in the living quarters. The simplest example is the person you share workspace with and one who talks loudly or keeps asking questions that interrupt your day, or the one who likes it too warm or too cold so keeps overriding the thermostat. It is easy to dismiss […]

Is Throat Gonorrhea Real?

Dear Dr. Eva, A friend says that he was treated for gonorrhea in the throat and was told he didn’t need a follow-up test to make sure it was gone. Does this make sense? Is there such a thing as gonorrhea in the throat? And if a person has an STD, don’t they always need to a follow-up test to make sure it’s gone? Dubious Dear Dubious, Yes, there definitely is such a thing as gonorrhea infection of the throat. Throat gonorrhea is picked up when a person gives oral sex to a man who has gonorrhea of the penis. […]


If you’re into social media, if you watch any TV, or even when you overhear others talking, it is impossible not to notice that in this past year, quite a number of people have become more open in expressing beliefs and opinions that would be considered hostile, bigoted and just plain rude. There was a time when a person would feel shame if they were caught in a lie. No more… Last May, Omar G. Encarnacion wrote in Foreign Affairs ( that “No revolution worth its salt comes without pushback.” He states that in Western Europe and the Americas, this […]

The BENEFITS of SEX After 50

Chase Brexton Health Care LGBT elders shouldn’t let Valentine’s Day pass them by – there are plenty of exciting ways to spice up their love life and keep the passion in their relationships. Everything LGBT elders need to know will be uncovered at an upcoming Lunch & Learn workshop offered by The LGBT Health Resource Center on Thursday, February 8th from noon to 1:30 pm at Chase Brexton Health Care’s Mount Vernon Center. The seminar will be presented by Jacq Jones, owner of Sugar on The Avenue in Hampden. We asked Jacq for a few teases of the intimate advice […]

Amid Outbreaks in Other Cities, Baltimore LGBT Community Urged to Get VACCINATED Against Hepatitis A

Baltimore health authorities are urging local gay and bisexual men to get vaccinated against hepatitis A following reports of outbreaks of the disease among LGBT communities in other cities nationwide. A highly contagious disease, hep A causes a variety of symptoms which can last a few weeks in mild cases, to a few months in more severe cases. It can be prevented through a widely available vaccination. We asked Dr. Sebastian Ruhs, director of Chase Brexton’s Infectious Diseases Center of Excellence, to provide some details on hep A and how to get vaccinated. Please follow and like us:

Therapy Not For Me, You Say!

As the nation’s, indeed the world’s, attention has been on mental health, I want to focus on just what therapy/counseling is. I often hear people say: “I haven’t done this before; how does it go?” We do not ask this question if we have a toothache and have to go to the dentist, do we? Please follow and like us:

Simple, Healthy Changes for 2018

New year, new you Dear Readers, Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions. When a person can’t stick with the changes they planned – which is what usually happens – they may feel like a double failure. Not only are they continuing the behavior they meant to change, they also have been unable to keep their commitment. Considering this, my first thought was that maybe we should swear off the whole idea of New Year’s resolutions. But on second thought, it would be a shame not to make good use of the motivation for positive change that many people feel […]

Piercing Questions Top to Bottom

Dear Dr Eva, I’ve been thinking for a while about getting my nipples pierced. I like the idea of having them pierced, but at the same time I wonder what will happen if I have a baby and decide to breastfeed. Could the nipples get damaged from piercing in a way that could interfere with feeding a baby? Thanks, Cat Please follow and like us: