Dr. Chelvakumar is a board certified adolescent medicine physician working in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She graduated from Northwestern University Fienberg School of Medicine in 2007. She completed her pediatrics residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in 2010, and adolescent medicine fellowship at MCW in 2013. Her clinical duties involve providing primary care and reproductive health services to adolescents. She has a strong interest in working with adolescent populations that are particularly vulnerable to negative health outcomes, including transgender youth, LGB youth, detained youth, and homeless youth. She additionally earned a masters degree in public health and has previously completed community based projects examining healthcare access and barriers to access in LGBT and homeless youth.
Presentation: Mental Health Considerations for Transgender Youth
Time: Breakout Session 2
Where: Alumni Lounge
Sexual minority and transgender youth experience health disparities related to sexually transmitted infections. Family planning and fertility is an important and underemphasized area in the care of LGBTQ youth. Additionally, transgender youth undergoing therapy with gender affirming hormones are at risk for future infertility. The first part of this presentation will cover information on sexual health including: prevalence of STIs in LGBTQ youth; health disparities and underlying factors; current screening recommendations and guidelines, the role of PrEP in young MSM, risk and protective factors for STI acquisition, obtaining comprehensive sexual health histories, and assessing the need for contraception. The second part of the presentation will address fertility counseling and preservation options, with a particular focus on considerations for transgender youth initiating therapy with gender affirming hormones.
1. Identify risk and protective factors for STI acquisition in LGBTQ youth, describe disparities in STI acquisition rates and drivers for these disparities.
2. Identify pertinent components of a comprehensive sexual health history in LGBTQ youth.
3. Provide an overview of fertility considerations and preservation options for transgender youth undergoing hormone therapy.