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Gender Clinic Co-Founder Admits to Experimenting on Homeless Teens

'We recruited folks from a variety of places across the city of Philadelphia, in our own HIV clinic and gender clinic as well as ... other community-based organizations...'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) In an address to the National Institutes of Health, Naida Dowshen, the co-founder of the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania’s Gender Clinic, revealed that she would go to a youth homeless shelter to recruit research subjects.

“We recruited folks from a variety of places across the city of Philadelphia, in our own HIV clinic and gender clinic as well as … other community-based organizations and aid services organizations that serve young trans women in Philadelphia,” said Dowshen.

She also noted that the group also tried to recruit people through social media and “through places where … young trans women might be engaging in survival sex or sex work,” the Post Millennial reported.

Dowshen’s presentation featured a slide which showed that they were looking for biological males, ages 16 to 24, who identified as women and who reported being HIV positive or having anal sex with a male partner in the last year.

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An investigation into her activist ties further revealed that Dowshen provides general adolescent medical care at Covenant House, which is a youth shelter based in Philadelphia.

CHOP is connected to the clinic within the site, which is funded through Title X of the Public Health Service Act.

In a published report titled “Internet and Social Media Access Among Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Mixed-Methods Study,” Dowshen and several other researchers listed the Covenant House in the acknowledgements, thanking them for their allowance to conduct research on the premises.

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The study investigated social-media usage among homeless youth, with a focus on how to keep them for adverse outcomes.

In 2020, Dowshen explained in a hearing that the CHOP gender clinic does receive referrals from foster care and homeless shelters.

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