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Health problems of transgender people are no longer classified by the World Health Organization as a mental and behavioral disorder. The trans flag shown above

Becoming a transgender is no longer recognized as a & # 39; disorder & # 39; by the World Health Organization in a triumphant milestone for the trans community

  • Health problems of transgender people are no longer classified by the World Health Organization as a mental and behavioral disorder
  • In the latest WHO manual, the ICD-11, transgender is mentioned in a chapter on sexual health
  • In the earlier version, ICD-10, transgender was considered a gender identity disorder under the chapter on mental and behavioral disorders
  • Changes to the diagnostic manual were announced last year and approved at the World Health Assembly on Saturday
  • Nations have until January 2022 to implement the changes
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Health problems of transgender people are no longer classified by the World Health Organization as a mental and behavioral disorder.

Instead, it will be listed transgender under a chapter on sexual health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been praised by doctors and proponents of removing the stigma surrounding transgender people with the latest changes to the global diagnostic manual.

A WHO expert says the organization now understands that transgender & # 39; not really a mental health condition & # 39; is.

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& # 39; It was taken from mental disorders because we knew better that this was not really a mental health condition, and leaving it there caused stigmatization, & # 39; said Dr. Lale Say to the BBC.

Health problems of transgender people are no longer classified by the World Health Organization as a mental and behavioral disorder. The trans flag shown above

Health problems of transgender people are no longer classified by the World Health Organization as a mental and behavioral disorder. The trans flag shown above

& # 39; So in order to reduce the stigma and at the same time provide access to necessary health interventions, this was placed in another chapter & # 39 ;, he added.

According to WHO & # 39; s latest manual, the ICD-11, gender incongruence is defined as a clear and sustained incongruity between one's experienced gender and assigned gender.

In the earlier version, ICD-10, transgender was considered a gender identity disorder under a chapter titled mental and behavioral disorders.

Human Rights Watch believes the change has a & # 39; liberating effect worldwide & # 39; will be.

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& # 39; Governments should rapidly reform national medical systems and laws requiring this now officially outdated diagnosis & # 39 ;, said Graeme Reid, the human rights watch's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights director.

In the latest WHO manual, the ICD-11, transgender is mentioned in a chapter on sexual health. In the earlier version, ICD-10, transgender was considered a gender identity disorder under a chapter entitled mental and behavioral disorders

In the latest WHO manual, the ICD-11, transgender is mentioned in a chapter on sexual health. In the earlier version, ICD-10, transgender was considered a gender identity disorder under a chapter entitled mental and behavioral disorders

In the latest WHO manual, the ICD-11, transgender is mentioned in a chapter on sexual health. In the earlier version, ICD-10, transgender was considered a gender identity disorder under a chapter entitled mental and behavioral disorders

The new recognition is a triumphant milestone for the trans community.

& # 39; It took us a lot of time to get here. Until a few years ago, removing pathologizing categories that affect trans- and gender-bound people from the ICD-10 list of mental disorders seemed impossible & # 39 ;, said nine international organizations dealing with gender identity in a joint statement.

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& # 39; Today we know that complete depathologization can be achieved and will be achieved in our lives & # 39 ;, the statement added.

& # 39; Although placement in this chapter is an improvement, it is certainly not perfect. For example, it is somewhat reductive to define trans health as related only to sexual health. & # 39;

Nations have until January 2022 to implement the changes.

Changes to the diagnostic manual were first announced last year and were approved at the World Health Assembly last Saturday.

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