The following basic information is critical to understanding the health circumstances confronting many of the trangendered:
Sexual reassignment surgery and/or cosmetic surgery requires unique medical treatment
Transgendered who undergo electrolysis may have related health issues
Those undergoing hormone treatment may suffer side-effects including blood clotting, strokes and anemia; a significant percentage of transgendered people (especially male-to-female) purchase hormones without a prescription and take them without medical supervision
Poor transgendered (primarily male-to-female) are at higher risk of HIV if they practice prostitution as a way to obtain money for hormones and/or surgery.
Poor transgendered (primarily male-to-female) are also at higher risk of infection from practices like improper breast augmentation.
The transgendered (primarily male-to-female) are also at higher risk of violence if they are in a relationship or involved with someone who does not know their status and they are discovered.
Post-operative transsexuals often adopt the view that they are now completely of the other gender and avoid health treatment for issues related to their birth gender (e.g. prostrate screening for those born male, pap smears for those born female)
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