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New projects target HIV couples testing, lesbian ‘stud’ health

Tynesha Wells (left) and Cole Thomas attended the first of many focus groups as part of the Stud Health Project that is being organized by the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative

Tynesha Wells, 39, has not been to a gynecologist in two years although she knows it is important for her health to do so.

As a self-identified stud, Wells said she does not like facing the strange looks that sometimes come when she enters a doctor’s office dressed like a man.

“When I have gone they haven’t been sensitive at all,” Wells said about past experiences at a gynecologist’s office. “I know health wise I need it but do I want to go through the humiliating process to do it. You’re already in a vulnerable situation.”

Wells’ partner is feminine and doesn’t feel uncomfortable going for her annual exam.

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Atlanta LGBT Center effort gets $25,000 grant

A $25,000 grant from the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation will benefit efforts to support the Phillip Rush Center while assessing the need for a full-scale LGBT community center in Atlanta.