Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

The Health of 25 Million Transgender People Worldwide Is Reliant on Transgender Rights

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

The Health of 25 Million Transgender People Worldwide Is Reliant on Transgender Rights

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It is estimated that there are around 25 million transgender people across the world. Despite improvements in the recognition of transgender rights in some high-income countries in recent years, transgender people are frequently victims of stigma, discrimination and abuse, causing detrimental effects on their physical and mental health.

A new series published in The Lancet has highlighted how laws and policies denying transgender people of gender recognition introduce and exacerbate multiple health challenges. The series highlighted high rates of depression in the transgender population with reports suggesting 60% of the transgender population live with depression. Exclusion from families and the workplace means that transgender people are often more likely to engage in risky behaviours including sex work and drug taking, causing the transgender population to be at a 50 times greater risk of contracting HIV than the general population. The transgender community are also often victims of violence with 2,115 documented killings of transgender people across the world between 2008 and 2016 although many more are likely to have gone unreported. …

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