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Text received in an e-mail on July 25, 2008. I did some research and it is listed on the AMA website as RFS 5,
and it is indeed a real AMA resolution!! This is a huge move for the AMA and it should benefit so many of us. If you have
questions, please visit the AMA directly.
April 18, 2008
American Medical Association
Subject: Removing Financial Barriers
to Care for Transgender Patients
Whereas, Our American Medical Association opposes discrimination on the basis of gender
Whereas, Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is a serious medical condition recognized as such in both the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition (DSM-IV) and the International Classification of Diseases
(10th Revision); and is characterized in the DSM-IV as a persistent discomfort with one's assigned sex and with
and secondary sex characteristics, which causes intense emotional pain and suffering; and
Whereas, GID, if left untreated,
can result in clinically significant psychological distress, dysfunction, debilitating depression and, for some people without
access to appropriate medical care and treatment, suicidality and death; and
Whereas, The World Profession for Transgender
Health, Inc. (WPATH) is the leading international, interdisciplinary professional organization devoted to the understanding
and treatment of gender identity disorders, and has established internationally accepted Standards of Care for providing medical
treatment of people with GID, including mental health care, hormone therapy, and sex reassignment surgery, which are designed
to promote the health and welfare of persons with GID and are recognized within the medical community to be the standard of
care for treating people with GID; and
Whereas, An established body of medical research demonstrates the effectiveness
and medical necessity of mental health care, hormone therapy, and sex reassignment surgery as forms of therapeutic treatment
for many people diagnosed with GID; and
Whereas, Health experts in GID, including WPATH, have rejected the myth that
such treatments are "cosmetic" or "experimental" and have recognized that these treatments can provide safe and effective
treatment for a serious health condition; and
Whereas, Physicians treating persons with GID must be able to provide
the correct treatment necessary for a patient in order to achieve genuine and lasting comfort with his or her gender, based
on the person's individual needs and medical history; and
Whereas, Our AMA opposes limitations placed on patient care
by third- party payers when such care is based upon sound scientific evidence and sound medical opinion; and
Many health insurance plans categorically exclude coverage of mental health, medical, and surgical treatments for GID, even
though many of these same treatments, such as psychotherapy, hormone therapy, breast augmentation or removal, hysterectomy,
oophorectomy, orchiectomy, and salpingectomy, are often covered for other medical conditions; and
Whereas, The denial
of these otherwise covered benefits for patients suffering from GID represents discrimination based solely on a patient's
gender identity; and
Whereas, Delaying treatment for GID can cause and/or aggravate additional serious and expensive
health problems, such as stress-related physical illnesses, depression, and substance abuse problems, which further endanger
patients' health and strain the health care system; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association
support public and private health insurance coverage for treatment of gender identity disorder as recommended by the patient's
physician. (New HOD Policy).
|Christmas 2005, clear improvement but not perfect...
|Photo taken 1-19-2007. There is significant improvement.
|Taken 1-20-2010. My skin is looking pretty good now.
Testosterone and Acne
Testosterone can cause horrible acne for anyone taking it, and even for biological
males it can be a horrendous experience. The myth is that acne is caused by dirty skin.
I was washing my face with stuff that was killing my skin. I also thought
that acne came from dirt and oil, and washing my skin was only making my acne worse. The before and after photos to
the left show you exactly what I was dealing with.
The bizarre part about it all was that I was having to endure extremely painful
cysts and inflammation after only a few weeks of development. Within 30 days, my face was so red that I practically glowed
in the dark! It was terrible and I feel for anyone who has experienced, or is currently experiencing it. Keep reading! Don't
give up! There is hope!
I began using St. Ives Apricot Scrub on my face once daily--in the shower after
shaving. I also used Proactiv topical medicines in moderation to assist in the process. My doctor put me on Minocycline 100mg
daily as a preventative. I used this formula for almost a year and it started all over again. My face was getting so bad that
I couldn't sleep at night. The pressure on my face from the pillow was too painful.
I asked for a referral and was sent to a dermatologist. She prescribed a medication called
Accutane. I took it for about 10 days and in that time almost all my acne disappeared! It's a miracle drug as far a acne goes,
but it has terrible side effects. I couldn't tolerate it and had to be taken off the medicine. After that, I was given
Doryx, a once-a-day pill that is the only antibiotic approved for use on acne. I began using Tazorac, a cream version
of Accutane (much milder) that I put on my face once each day. For cleansing, I use
Cetaphil once or twice a day, depending on how my skin feels. I noticed some mild peeling with the Tazorac but nothing severe;
nothing like the drying benzoylperoxide will cause.
I am seeing a few acne pimples each week but they heal in a couple of days with minimal
scarring, compared to having sores for weeks at a time with huge marks left behind. I get these mostly along my jawline and
next to my eyes on my temples. Not sure why they hang out there. As for my back and shoulders, I still get them pretty but
it happens in shifts. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it sucks. Depends on the day, I guess.
If you have acne brought on by your testosterone, talk to your GP. Ask for help. There are
lots of options out there for people struggling with acne. You don't have to buy anything from tv infomercials or try everything
on the market. Doctors will try things until they find the magic combination. Don't be afraid or ashamed. Just get help.