By Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Ministry of Health formally authorized the Unified Health System (SUS) to perform "sexual reassignment" surgery and treatment for transgender men -- who were born biologically female but identify with the male gender. Ordinance No. 1,370, allowing the procedures, was published on Monday, June 24th, in the Federal Gazette.

According to the resolution, treatment was included in the table of procedures, drugs, orthoses, prosthesis, and special SUS materials. Sexual reassignment for trans males consists of vaginectomy and metoidioplasty and may only be performed experimentally. Both procedures will require a judicial decision for patients . . .

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