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Seeking SRS when HIV+

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  • Am not sure if this is an appropriate question for this forum. If it isn't please accept my apologies and delete it. After decades of suppressing my true self I eventually realised who I really am and then had a rather wild hedonistic spell for a few years. Then I settled down a bit more and knew I had to take things to their full conclusion and go for a referral. However before it was due I was admitted to hospital with PCP and then diagnosed as being HIV+. It came as a shock as I had been fairly quiet and played safe for a good few years but those heady few years caught up with me and I shouldn't have really been surprised given the number of risks I had taken back then. Anyhow I missed my referral appointment and have had a steady full year of recovery and achieving the main aim of becoming U = U (undetectable equals untransmittable). Now I can start the painstakingly slow process of trying to get another referral with the added issue of being HIV+. Now I intend to go through the initial referral process via the NHS but once they confirm my status I would pawn everything and get what needs to be done at the best of places (probably in Thailand). However, along with the increased infection risks associated with my status I have red that some surgeons will not perform surgery on those with HIV. (especially procedures considered as "cosmetic" or "unnecessary"). Has anyone on here with HIV been through the process and if so what additional hurdles have you had to negotiate and how has it affected the whole process? This post was edited by Former Member at March 18, 2021 1:10 PM GMT
      March 13, 2021 5:30 PM GMT
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  • It's certainly not an inappropriate question, though I'm sorry I can't offer any help.
    I know my surgeon in Thailand tested all patients for HIV and wouldn't operate on anyone positive, though he (Suporn) has retired now and of course there are many other SRS surgeons over there.
    What's the situation with the NHS surgeons? I know it would mean a longer wait, but you'd be in reasonably safe hands.
    It's important to thoroughly research your surgeon, don't just go to the first one who will have you. Be sure that you trust them. Perhaps you feel you are not in a position to be choosy, but complications can be serious with such a major surgery so you need to stay sensible and be cautious.
      March 14, 2021 10:29 AM GMT
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  • It is my considered opinion. under both the Human Rights act and the UK National Health Act you would NOT be denied treatment, ie corrective surgery, if all the other conditions/requirements of the Gender Recognition Act have been complied with, and your considered physically capable of undergoing the surgery involved.

    For example being overly simplistic, if you broke your leg and needed pins or internal rods to repair broken bones or needed an appendectomy it would be considered illegal to deny you essential care and appropriate treatment/surgery,
    Cristine Jennifer Shye.  B/L.  B/Acc
    This post was edited by Cristine Jennifer Shye. BL at March 18, 2021 4:11 PM GMT
      March 17, 2021 10:33 PM GMT
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  • Thanks for the response and yes I do think under NHS rules I would not be denied treatment but I was intending to go abroad and I have heard that certain surgeons in some countries will not perform the necessary surgeries on HIV+ patients. (in Thailand for instance). 
      March 20, 2021 7:42 PM GMT
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