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IDSA and HIVMA Oppose Government Interference in Health Care Providers’ Ability to Provide Evidence-based Care

The Infectious Diseases Society of America and HIV Medicine Association strongly urge Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to stop government interference in the patient-health care provider relationship by withdrawing the order released last week that classifies medical treatment provided to transgender youth as “child abuse.” The new policy does not reflect the latest medical standards for transgender individuals and places the government between health care providers and their ability to treat their patients.

The policy also compounds the stigma and discrimination that contribute to the serious health inequities that transgender individuals experience, putting them at higher risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in addition to suicide, substance use disorders and other mental health conditions. IDSA and HIVMA strongly support the rights of all individuals, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, to access quality, competent health care services free from stigma and discrimination. We urge policymakers to focus on advancing policies that protect these rights to improve the individual health and public heath of all Americans.

-- Daniel P. McQuillen, MD, FIDSA – President, Infectious Diseases Society of America

-- Marwan Haddad, MD, MPH – Chair, HIV Medicine Association

About IDSA
The Infectious Diseases Society of America is a community of over 12,000 physicians, scientists, and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Its purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases. Learn more at

HIV Medicine Association is the professional home for more than 6,000 physicians, scientists and other health care professionals dedicated to the field of HIV/AIDS. The Infectious Diseases Society of America created HIVMA to promote quality in HIV care and advocates policies that ensure a comprehensive and humane response to the AIDS pandemic informed by science and social justice. Learn more at


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