Largest-ever US study on intersex adult health finds disparities

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10/09/2020

The largest-ever American study on the social and mental health of intersex adults was released October 9, revealing that the population experiences major health disparities. “A national study on the physical and mental health of intersex adults in the U.S.” was compiled by researchers at UCSF and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with help from interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, with responses from 198 intersex adults, according to a copy obtained by the Bay Area Reporter before its Friday publication at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. The report comes some nine months after gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) had to shelve a bill in the Legislature that would have banned unnecessary medical procedures on infants who are intersex. Senate Bill 201, which died in committee in January, would have postponed surgeries on intersex infants until they turn 6 years old unless they are needed to protect the health of the child.

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