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In the recent years, more people have become comfortable with their gender identity. Social organizations, composed of the LGBT community and transgender individuals are increasing in number, both on a national and international scale. Aside from gaining more acceptance, one of the concerns of these organizations is to address concerns of transgender discrimination, especially the healthcare setting. In the United States, there is a law that prohibits discrimination against treatment and provision of healthcare services amongst this community. In the Philippines, there are no existing laws regarding this, although I have not heard of a doctor refusing to treat a transgender individual. Admittedly, the conservative culture of my country is responsible for the existing social stigma of transgender individuals. Some issues about treating them are: for those who had gender reassignment surgery (with uterine implantation) and hormonal treatment, should they also be screened for cervical cancer and breast cancer? Should their genders be formally changed to females on medical records? How often do we screen them for STDs? Is your local health setting ready to provide transgender medicine? Do you have existing laws to prevent discrimination against them?