‘I’ve Seen A Lot Of People Die’: Health Care System Overlooks Many Trans People : Shots – Health News : NPR

‘I’ve Seen A Lot Of People Die’: Health Care System Overlooks Many Trans People : Shots – Health News : NPR:

“Corado pointed to one crucial word in the study that deserves extra emphasis. ‘What does regular health care mean?’ she asked, then answered the question herself: ‘Preventable.’

Preventable problems, including HIV infection and some cancers, kill many people in this community. It’s harder for transgender people to find health care coverage, because it’s harder for them to find jobs. Social stigmas aside, consider the difficulty of getting hired if your gender does not appear to match the one on your legal ID. According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Study, transgender people face an unemployment rate three times as high as the national average — 15 percent versus 5 percent.”

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