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Castrated trans 24-year-old with HIV denied medical treatment in India

State-run hospital refuses to admit 24-year-old, saying third-sex patients need judicial permission.

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17th September 2013 03:16

Alessia Valenza

A 24-year-old transgender woman with HIV is struggling between life and death in India after a state hospital refused to admit her, saying she needed judicial permission for that.

The woman, who sought treatment for a severe urinary infection, is suspected to have been infected in February when she underwent castration.

The castration was performed by hijras, members of India’s eunuch community, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, using primitive methods that inflict terrible pain and carry a high risk of infection.

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