Trans Youth Health Care Access

Dec 6, 2017

A new paper from the UBC Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC), on which I am a coauthor, presents results pertaining to foregone health care by transgender, genderqueer, and nonbinary youth across Canada, using data from the 2013-14 Trans Youth Health Survey.

In this analysis of responses from over 900 youth ages 14-25, we found that many trans youth avoided seeking care for mental and physical health needs. This foregone care was most pronounced among younger youth with unmet mental health needs.

Many respondents described previous negative health care encounters, and a lack of confidence that health care providers would be educated and inclusive regarding trans issues.

Youth who felt comfortable sharing their genders with their regular doctors had better health, indicating that more clinician training and awareness could go a long way toward improving health outcomes for trans youth.

Press release here.

Selected media coverage here.

The full article is openly accessible here.

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