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    Readers react to blog post about transgender community


    As a urologist who has managed many transgender patients over my 25 years in practice, I echo the recommendations of Dr. Rosevear that we need formal policy statements from our societies. My experience with transgender patients began with an ambiguous genitalia patient whose assigned female conversion was met with gender dysphoria beginning at age 7. Her compelling story of self-discovery and ultimate conversion to a male was my first experience with transgender patients.

    I urge all members of our society to learn about the issues concerning transgender patients so that we can credibly educate our communities. Education is key, as understanding prevents many of the fear-based reactions that are commonplace in the media.

    Tim Hlavinka, MD

    San Antonio

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