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Federal Council of Medicine begins discussion of rule for gender change

The Federal Council of Medicine (CFM) discusses reducing the minimum age for sex-change surgery. The proposal is that the procedure can be done from the age of 18 – not 21, as determined by the current rule of 2010. The change, still under analysis, is supported by the National Association of Transsexuals and Transsexuals (Antra).

“If you are 18 years old, why wait another three years to allow surgery?” Asks the president, Keila Simpson. She also suggests that, from the age of 18, transsexuals have facilitated access to hormones, which are essential for transformation. Early access, he argues, reduces the risk of young people going to clandestine clinics for silicone. “It’s all complicated today, you have to make it easier to access.”

The president of Antra says the waiting line for both surgeries and hormone treatment is still long. “That needs to change.” She wants the therapy, now restricted to specialized centers, to be done in basic health units. Currently, nine centers in the country are qualified to perform sex change surgery through the Unified Health System (SUS).

The Ministry of Health did not report the average waiting time. Keila, however, says the biggest problem is with trans men. Surgeries and outpatient procedures for sexual reassignment began to be made in the Unified Health System in 2008. Up to December, 370 hospital procedures and 13,863 outpatient procedures were reported.

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