Media reported that Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, in collaboration with its US development partners, has opened the first clinic in Asia to target services exclusively to the transgender community.
The Tangerine Community Health Centre, located on the first floor of the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre in Bangkok, has been funded by the US Agency for International Development and was implemented by RTI International and partners.
It aims to become a model for quality health services and research on transgender health, the Bangkok Post reported. Centre officials said current social, economic, cultural and legal frameworks, as well as health policies, inadequately address gender sensitivity and transgender identity.
The Tangerine Centre's services include psychosocial counseling, hormone administration and pap smears. The centre, managed by trained transgender personnel and gender-sensitive medical professionals.