ACOG releases new committee opinion on transgender persons

January 04, 2012
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) just released an opinion by their Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women on the subject of health care for transgender individuals. Quoting from the abstract, “Transgender individuals face harassment, discrimination, and rejection within our society. Lack of awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity in health care communities eventually leads to inadequate access to, underutilization of, and disparities within the health care system for this population. Although the care for these patients is often managed by a specialty team, obstetrician–gynecologists should be prepared to assist or refer transgender individuals with routine treatment and screening as well as hormonal and surgical therapies. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposes discrimination on the basis of gender identity and urges public and private health insurance plans to cover the treatment of gender identity disorder.”

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