An NGO is helping transgender people have access to lab tests.
Story so far: For many transgender persons, a lab visit takes a toll on their emotional health. Many of them are subjected to uncomfortable questions and are treated differently. SAATHII, in partnership with CSS Corp, sponsors lab tests for transmasculine, transfeminine, and intersex people at the Swami Vivekananda Diagnostic Centre, Arumbakkam.
- The package includes liver and kidney function tests, ECG, abdomen tests, and lipid and hormone profiles.
- Many trans people have to take these tests if they are on or want to take hormone therapy. However, many don’t since they’re expensive. They continue with the initial prescription given to them.
Benefits: The feedback has been good as the staff are friendly and don’t discriminate or make people feel uncomfortable. So far, 32 people have registered. The goal is to cover at least 100.