[Correspondence] Health care and mental health challenges for transgender individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic

As a medical and socially vulnerable group, transgender individuals face numerous health disparities and mental health problems.1 The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic brings international health concerns and devastating psychological distress on a global scale to many populations. Transgender individuals are now facing unprecedented difficulties with mental, physical, and social wellbeing, as well as difficulties accessing health care. Before the pandemic, there already existed many barriers to transgender individuals accessing health care, such as a shortage of specialised health-care professionals; as a result, very few transgender individuals receive gender-affirming surgeries and hormone interventions, especially in low-income and middle-income countries.

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