16th March 2020
What does this mean?
Trans: an umbrella term used when someone’s gender identity does not match their sex that was assigned at birth. Trans identities can fit within the binary (female or male) or outside of it. There is a whole spectrum of non-binary gender identities.
Non-Binary: someone who does not define as either a man or a woman.
Trans people’s health needs are the same as anyone else’s. Gender identity is different from sexual orientation and Trans people can identify as straight, gay, bisexual, queer or any other sexuality. However, they might have specific health needs in relation to gender dysphoria or gender reassignment, realignment or confirmation.
Your particular needs might be best addressed by transgender health services offered by NHS gender identity clinics. For more information, click here. If you think that this might be a good option for you, talk to your GP because they will be able to make a referral for an assessment.
Transitioning is a very personal experience and there is no “right” way to do it. This may involve surgery, but it doesn’t have to. It can just involve changing your gender expression through the way you look or changing your pronouns. Some Trans people don’t transition at all. Don’t feel pressured into transitioning in a certain way- do what’s right for you. If you’d like to discuss this further, Yorkshire MESMAC can provide 1-2-1 support.
Going to a sexual health clinic can be daunting. Be reassured that Yorsexualhealth will provide you with an inclusive, understanding and friendly service, regardless of your gender identity.
The PrEP Impact trial is also open to Trans people. PrEP is a medication that can prevent you from catching HIV if it’s taken correctly. For more information on the trial, click here https://www.prepimpacttrial.org.uk/. For more information on PrEP, click here.
Useful links and support:
NHS Trans health: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Transhealth/Pages/Transhealthhome.aspx
Yorkshire MESMAC: www.mesmac.co.uk
Safer sex for trans bodies: https://www.hrc.org/resources/safer-sex-for-trans-bodies
Non binary resources: http://nonbinary.org/
Trans health, Gendered Intelligence: http://cdn0.genderedintelligence.co.uk/2012/11/17/17-14-04-GI-sexual-health-booklet.pdf
THT Trans men’s health guide: http://www.tht.org.uk/~/media/8F7D70D8C3B643109351E3D9A633529A.pdf
THT Trans women’s health guide: http://www.tht.org.uk/~/media/4653AA766E3F4C1286FC515F17146F32.pdf