Pan American Health Organization
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Trans persons, as all people, have needs, desires, and capacities for the emotional and intellectual expression that underlie a full and productive life. Good physical and mental health are fundamental for pursuing and fulfilling these desires and capacities, and for the ability to lead life in accordance with human dignity. Numerous international agreements, including those forged among PAHO member states; recognize the right of every person to the enjoyment of health
as a universal human right. Nevertheless, many trans people in Latin America and the Caribbean are affected by disproportionate burdens of disease, morbidity, and barriers that prevent them from realizing their optimum health, along with other
human rights (see Box 1).
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