Being openly trans in Colombia is dangerous. The country ranks fourth in the world for the murder of transgender people. Across Latin America, the life expectancy of trans women – due to violence, poverty and the risk of HIV – is estimated at between 35 and 41 years. Attitudes are slowly beginning to change, however, as trans men and women speak out against attacks and discrimination … See MoreSee Less
Let’s Adapt Health Care Quality Measures To Meet The Needs of Transgender People
As transgender people become increasingly visible, so have the challenges they face in our health care system. In response, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recommends better educating providers on how to competently care for transgender patients, and the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) recommends collecting gender identity information in electronic medical records and conducting more research around transgender health.
Moreover, recent findings suggest that some health care quality measures inappropriately include or exclude transgender people and are not tailored to address the unique needs of this population. The US health care system must adapt current quality measures to transgender individuals to achieve the recommendations of the National Academy of Medicine and the AAMC. … See MoreSee Less
“Because transgender people are woefully underrepresented in clinical research, the scientific community knows very little about the potentially dangerous drug interactions of hormone therapy and ART. There is evidence that some antiretroviral drugs can have harmful interactions with female contraceptives (the pill), which contain similar drugs as hormone therapy, although far more research is needed on hormone therapy and ART specifically.”