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27 November 2009 :: 11:11:59 am 31282

Thai Department of Health Tightens Sex Change Laws

The Thai Department of Health has amended the laws regarding sex changes in order to put a halt to the ever increasing elective surgical procedure amongst the young male population of Thailand.
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Bangkok, 27th of November 2009 [Pattaya Daily News]: The prevalence of sex change surgery amongst the young male population of Thailand is rapidly getting out of control, these new laws introduced by the Thai Department of Health have been enacted to prevent men from rushing into a decision which is irreversible.

Transsexuals and transgender persons are quite prevalent in Thailand and have been integrated into the Thai society like nowhere else in the world. The aim of these new laws is not to discourage people from having the surgery; however the Public Health Department do want potential candidates to think more carefully about their decision, which was not possible without introducing these laws as the surgery could previously be performed immediately at the time the decision was made by the patient.

Over the past two years, a rapid increase in castrations, especially amongst young Thai men, has alarmed the medical establishment and prompted the new laws. The laws will require potential candidates for the surgery to cross-dress for one year after the initial decision is stipulated to a doctor, and the candidates must be over 18 years of age. It also requires a mental evaluation to be taken before the surgery and continued follow-up visits with a psychiatrist after the sex change procedure is performed.

Hopefully these new laws will prepare the patient suitably prior to the operation, about how life will be like for them following the procedure. “This is a very important decision in their life,” Dr. Sampandh Komrit of the Medical Council of Thailand said. “After the operation, there is no way to fix it.”

Last year, Thailand’s Health Ministry ordered hospitals and medical clinics to temporarily stop performing non-medical castrations stating that there was a need for stricter monitoring of the surgical procedure.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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