Scottish parliament announced transgender healthcare inquiry

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The Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses issued a call for evidence from trans people on July 5th to hold an inquiry concerning sexual and reproductive health of transgender people. Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP encouraged trans people, their advocates and healthcare professionals to join their healthcare inquiry. The government wants to know both positive and negative cases of using healthcare services related to reproduction and sex, as knowing the pros and cons of the current system is the first step to updating and improving it to meet the needs of all Scottish population, in part the transgender community, because trans rights are human rights. Scottish Labour Party MSP Monica Lennon added that the specific needs of transgender people are often ignored when it comes to sexual and reproductive health, so it is time to change it. Nathan Sparling of HIV Scotland, which provides the secretariat for the group, said: “We’re grateful to be providing support to this important Parliamentary Inquiry, which will provide some key recommendations to improve access to healthcare for trans people. Globally, it is estimated that 16 percent of trans women are living with HIV, and we need to ensure that all trans and non-binary people can access services to help prevent, test and treat STIs such as HIV.”

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