Heather Boerner

Heather Boerner

Journalist and Author

Heather Boerner is an award-winning journalist who specializes in storytelling on healthcare issues. She's most interested in how people choose between equally important needs.

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Transgender article

The Tricky Chemistry of Gender Transition

Gender transitioning includes a combination of treatments. How does it work, and what are the potential side effects from the hormones involved?

Prep article

Four Things to Know About PrEP For HIV Prevention

For decades, abstinence and condoms were the only options for preventing HIV.

Today, there’s a third: Truvada, a combination pill comprising 2 antiretroviral medications (emtricitabine and tenofovir) is approved by the FDA for HIV prevention. The protocol, called PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), is exactly what it sounds like — a chemical prophylactic against HIV that prevents infection, even if you are exposed.