In a first, hospital vows to ban cosmetic surgeries on intersex infants

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago apologized to those harmed by medically unnecessary genital surgeries.

A prominent children’s hospital publicly apologized Thursday for performing cosmetic genital surgeries on intersex infants and pledged to end the practice.

“We recognize the painful history and complex emotions associated with intersex surgery and how, for many years, the medical field has failed these children,” the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago said in a statement. “We empathize with intersex individuals who were harmed by the treatment that they received according to the historic standard of care, and we apologize and are truly sorry.”

 
The apology, signed by the hospital’s CEO and three head physicians, comes after activists, over a yearslong campaign, called on the institution to ban cosmetic genital surgery on intersex infants, which is irreversible. The signatories also committed to “evolving” their policies going forward and stated that the hospital would not perform such surgeries unless medically necessary or with willful consent from fully informed patients.

 

Groundbreaking study reveals how transgender hormone therapy affects medical test results

Groundbreaking study reveals how transgender hormone therapy affects medical test results

Groundbreaking research presented at the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo has revealed how transgender hormone therapy affects the results of common laboratory tests in the long term. This first-of-its-kind study could enable the development of transgender-specific reference intervals, which are crucial to ensuring that transgender patients get accurate diagnoses and equitable healthcare.

PrEP Studies To Focus on Trans Bodies | HIVPlusMag.com

PrEP Studies To Focus on Trans Bodies | HIVPlusMag.com:

“The use of  PrEP is growing but how well it protects is still being observed, especially in transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. The simple fact that  transgender people have been excluded from past testing makes collecting important data extremely difficult. Only recently, have studies started changing how trans people, especially trans women are viewed and identified. In the past, transgender women were once placed in the MSM category (men that have sex with men) which didn’t settle well with them. Due to this, many were left untreated and refused to be a part of research because of how they were classified. However, studies and categories are changing and now transgender people and the use of PrEP is being recognized more often. How and if hormones affect the drug is the primary focus and placing trans people within their own category is important because of the percentage of people on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).”

Highlights of the 6th Annual Transgender Medical Symposium | Health | Lifestyle | SFGN Articles

Highlights of the 6th Annual Transgender Medical Symposium | Health | Lifestyle | SFGN Articles:

“The 6th Annual Transgender Medical Symposium occurred in May in Fort Lauderdale. This free event drew 140 people. The two-day symposium discussed many medical and mental health issues that the transgender community faces.

 

(Via. South Florida Gay News)

Transsexual study reveals genetic link › News in Science (ABC Science)

Transsexual study reveals genetic link › News in Science (ABC Science):

“The discovery of a genetic variation in male to female transsexuals adds weight to the view that transsexualism has a biological basis, the Australian researchers behind the find say.

Their study shows male to female transsexuals are more likely than non-transsexual males to have a longer version of a receptor gene for the sex hormone androgen or testosterone.

The findings from the largest-yet genetic study of male to female transsexualism are published online today in Biological Psychiatry.”

Sex Hormones Administered During Sex Reassignment Change Brain Chemistry, Physical Characteristics

Sex Hormones Administered During Sex Reassignment Change Brain Chemistry, Physical Characteristics:

“Hormonal treatments taken as part of the sex-reassignment process have obvious and well-known effects on the physical, secondary sexual characteristics of the human body.But a new study that examined the effect of these hormone treatments beyond appearance found that they also alter brain chemistry.”

(Via. Medical Daily)

Had a doctors appointment today. It should have been a quick visit just to go over my annual blood tests… Of course nothing ever goes as planned.

Turns out someone didn’t do the correct tests and now I have to go through everything again; fasting, blood draw, then back in two weeks to follow up. (sigh)

On a more positive note, I discussed the issues I’ve been having with my current depression/anxiety meds and he agreed they need to be changed so I start a new treatment tomorrow and we will see if it works. Keeping my fingers crossed!

We also discussed what, if any, issues might arise when (if) I can begin HRT and at this point he couldn’t see anything to be concerned about. He still won’t treat me himself, but at least he is willing to continue to work with me for everything else.