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Transgender South Africans risk their lives for (self-)affirmation

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Lack of access to gender affirming treatment is pushing transgender South Africans to dangerous and illegal measures, with some going as far as buying black market drugs in order to help them in their transition.


02 Mar 2020
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Transgender South Africans risk their lives for (self-)affirmation

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Lack of access to gender affirming treatment is pushing transgender South Africans to dangerous and illegal measures to self-medicate, experts have warned. Gender affirming treatment, which consists of hormone therapy and in some cases surgery, was considered an essential part of treating gender dysphoria, a distress experienced by some transgender people as a result of an in-congruence between their gender identity and the sex they were assigned at birth. But according to Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality, the risk of complications from hormone treatment was a heightened concern with transgender people because they often ended...

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