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date: 17 June 2019

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People with intersex conditions have male-typical and female-typical traits, to varying degrees in genetics and anatomy. Because of these variations, people with intersex conditions or disorders of sexual development can face difficulties related to their identities and relationships. As a matter of ethics, clinicians should exhibit humane behavior toward patients of all ages as they explore the meaning of their intersex condition for their health and well-being. Clinicians can also help families understand the meaning of that condition for their children and themselves. Clinicians will also have responsibilities toward child, adolescent, and adult patients bearing on the psychological effects of body modifications taken to normalize their sexual appearance. In addition, clinicians will have the responsibility to address the effects of body modifications hoped for by the patient. Observance of confidentiality is key in relationships with intersex patients.

Keywords: body modifications, confidentiality, ethics, intersex

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