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Intersex codes in the ICD-11: Beta Draft

The proposed ICD-11 draft introduces the category of “disorders of sex development” as the diagnostic umbrella term for intersex variations. We propose to replace it with “congenital variations of sex characteristics”, and other additional systemic changes.

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  • 10 October 2017
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Our concerns with the proposed ICD-11 draft include the unnecessary pathologization of often benign physical variations, including through new terminology, and proposed unlawful medical interventions. Those interventions have been criticized for their weak evidence and irreversible physical and mental health consequences in the WHO report on Sexual health, human rights and the law; therefore, it is contradictory and inappropriate for the proposed ICD revision to require them. They should be removed.