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What trans people expect of the Brazilian National Health System?

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posted on 13.12.2017, 02:40 by Pablo Cardozo Rocon, Francis Sodré, Jésio Zamboni, Alexsandro Rodrigues, Maria Carolina Fonseca Barbosa Roseiro

This article discusses the criticisms and suggestions made by transgender people to guarantee their access to the public health services, and regarding the health promotion through comprehensive care actions in the Brazilian National Health System (SUS). Semi-structured interviews were conducted, recorded on digital audio, transcribed and subject to content analysis. The interviews suggested the need of lifelong education to health workers, in order to reverse the present discrimination, the disrespect regarding the social name and the difficult dialogue between professionals and transgender users hamperingaccess to public health. It is pointed out the need to universalize hormone therapy and silicone implants, and requests a multidisciplinary care to transgender health as ways to ensure the care and safety required for the body transformation processes.