n South African Medical Journal - Transgender issues in South Africa, with particular reference to the Groote Schuur Hospital Transgender Unit : continuing medical education

Volume 104, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



This article gives an overview of transgender issues in South Africa, with a particular focus on the work of the Transgender Unit, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. The article presents current definitions, diagnostic considerations and healthcare options in the area of gender dysphoria, and then outlines the history, mandate and role of the Transgender Unit. It concludes with some of the current challenges in the field of transgender healthcare and makes recommendations for the way forward.

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