BMJ: Virginity testing: recommendations for primary care physicians in Europe and North America

January 20, 2020

Sondra S Crosby, Nicolette Oleng, Muriel M Volpellier, Ranit Mishori

ABSTRACT: Virginity testing is a complex, culturally mediated practice that is poorly understood by Western clinicians. While advocating for global elimination of the practice of virginity testing as a human rights violation, clinical practice is often more complicated and ethically nuanced, and the clinician must act in the best interest of her patient. Upholding human rights does not have to be incompatible with providing a needed service to a patient, which should never include an invasive exam if not medically necessary, but should include education and safety assessments.

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