n South African Medical Journal - Transgender patients sidelined by attitudes and labelling : izindaba

Volume 101, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In spite of an enlightened constitution and enabling legislation, South Africa's small transgender population continues to battle medical prejudice and ignorance in addition to huge societal pressure to conform to socially constructed sexual stereotypes. An investigation showed that transgender people need precise information and deep pockets to access hormone treatment and/or gender-reassignment surgery, be it in the public or private sector.

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