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Intersex Australians Must Join Sex Offender Registry To Get Medication

Cyproterone Acetate, better known as Androcur, is an anti-androgen medication taken by both male and female intersex individuals.  A change in Australian health care policy, though, means that intersex people--those born with both male and female biological traits--can only get Androcur by signing themselves onto a potential sex offenders' list.  The same is true for female-indentified transsexuals, who take the drug to suppress male hormones.

The problem is that the government only approves the drug for two reasons:  for prostate cancer, and for registered sex offenders, since the androgen prohibitor reduces one's sex drive.

According to the Australian affiliate of the OII (Organisation Internationale des Intersexués):

Some intersex individuals need anti-androgen medication. Because those medicines are not recognized treatments for the specific diagnosis the only path to that medication is to register the intersex person in question as a potential sex offender at the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Canberra. That register also contains the names of numerous transsexual individuals who can only gain access to anti-androgens because of this inappropriate medication protocol. This is an outrage against those who are different!!

In order to get the medication, the doctor must ask whether you're willing to on the offenders' registry, and those who say no might be denied the prescription.  Then, in order to get it, the doctor has to call the Therapeutic Goods Administration to see whether or not they approve.

The Dawn Chorus is a feminist Australian blog with some of the more technical info, if you're interested.

(via Kate Bornstein)

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