Some transgender people have bad experiences with doctors who are afraid, prejudiced or ill-prepared to deal with transgender patients or are just too shy to visit a doctor. Remember it is very important to find a sympathetic doctor and get your health checked out if you think you have a problem. Not all doctors are against you, you just need to find the right doctor. Check out the support and contents page of this website for places that may be able to help you.
Some transgender people have bad experiences with doctors who are afraid, prejudiced or ill-prepared to deal with transgender patients and, as a result, sometimes hide important details of their health history, such as information about their sex/gender, from their doctors or are just too shy to visit a doctor. It is extremely important that your doctor has all the facts about your medical history so they can treat you effectively.
It is really important to get your health checked out if you think you have a problem so tell your doctor as much information as you can and, if they are disrespectful leave and find a new one. Not all doctors are against you, you just need to find the right doctor.
As a transgender person you may have been rejected by your family and have been forced into sex work to make a living, and you may therefore be at high risk for STIs, including HIV. Use condoms and water based lubricant every time you have sex, even with people you think you can trust to be healthy. If you are a sex worker, do not be tempted to have sex without a condom for more money. Customers who will pay you more have probably done the same with other sex workers and are therefore at high risk of contracting, and passing on, STI, including HIV.
For many reasons, such as the loss of family and friends, job and financial stress and the risk of unemployment, transgender people are particularly prone to depression and anxiety. Some transgender people are so unhappy that they don’t want to live anymore and commit suicide. If you are feeling low access the support services on the Connections section of this website. Don’t stay alone, join MStyle, meet people via the chat room on this website and ask for their support and advice – they may have been through similar experiences and may be able to help.
Alcohol abuse is common in transgender people who experience family and social rejection, and the depression which accompanies such rejection. Alcohol and tobacco can be even more dangerous than normal when combined with sex hormones so drink alcohol in moderation and stop smoking.