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The Tonic Guide to Healthcare

A comprehensive, easy-to-follow FAQ about getting medical care, whether you have good insurance, bad insurance, or no insurance at all.
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LGBTQ health

When You’ve Transitioned But Your Voice Hasn’t Caught Up

How transgender people perceive their voices can have a big impact on their health and well-being.
Melissa Pandika

We Don't Really Know How Well Condoms Work for Anal Sex

Regulators and researchers have shockingly limited information on how condoms hold up in anal as opposed to vaginal sex, two entirely different physical contexts, involving discrete types of tissue, muscle force, and natural lubrication, or lack thereof.
Mark Hay
How to Not Die

How to Be a Drag Queen Without Hurting Yourself

Drag can sometimes be more like an extreme sport for the performers.
Matthew Terrell
LGBTQ health

Here's What Being LGBTQ Can Do to Your Health

Being gay in 2018 means dealing with the health repercussions of old school discrimination plus new, startling research about heart health and cancer.
Joanne Spataro
LGBTQ health

Shortages of Injectable Estrogen Are Screwing Over Trans Women

"If they’re not compelled to serve us with this thing we need, what are we going to do?”
Steven Blum
LGBTQ health

Fake Doctors Are Still Getting Away With Poisoning Trans Women

'Pump doctors' aren't required to use medical-grade products. Their silicone often comes from the hardware store.
Matthew Terrell
LGBTQ health

This Is What Happens When a Trans Woman Gets Testicular Cancer

Cancer may get in the way of Natalie Jeffery's drag career, but it's not getting in the way of her transition.
Matthew Terrell
LGBTQ health

The Mental Health Repercussions of Identifying as a Bisexual Woman

Bisexual women are often erased from or rejected by both dominant society and the LGBT community.
Laura Dorwart

Why It’s So Hard to Find God as a Gay Man

The mental health effects of being gay and Christian.
Matt Terrell
Unscrewing Ourselves

Gay Men Should Get the HPV Vaccine

I am 31 years old and I paid out of pocket to get Gardasil.
Matthew Terrell
Fighting Words

I Prefer to Date Men Who are HIV Positive​

Research shows that if they're getting treated, I'm not at risk of contracting it from them—even without a condom.
Cole Grissom