This is why many trans people go to the same doctors for care. Chavez travels an hour to the Abbotsford Youth Clinic to get specialized care, and as doctor care has moved to phone calls or online, it has become more difficult to actually get an appointment.
Before the virus, appointments could be made within a week. However, to even get an appointment through a phone call, there is now a several week wait.
Doctor visits are an important part of the transitioning process for conducting physical examinations. According to one trans individual, if the matter isn’t urgent, they probably won’t see you.
Furthermore, Chavez has been worrying about his prescriptions refills. Trans individuals need specific prescriptions like testosterone or estrogen in order to continue their transitions. These prescriptions are used for hormone replacement therapy and are usually the first step in the transitioning process.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a spike in people stocking up on prescriptions. However, health officials have said that there should be enough supply for everyone.
Chavez is also part of a Vancouver transgender community group online, where he has met others with similar concerns.
A major aspect of transitioning put on hold due to the virus is gender-affirming surgeries. These surgeries are an important part of the transitioning process for individuals to truly feel comfortable in their bodies.