Gynecologists May Treat Male Patients

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology eased an earlier restriction Tuesday.

Midwife Aude Blizak (R), gynaecologist Julie Riviere (2nd R) and the husband Marc-Olivier Lagadic attend the delivery of Sabrina Biancuzzi on August 2, 2013 at 'Les Lilas' maternity hospital in Les Lilas, a northeastern Paris suburb. 
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Sophie Novack
Nov. 27, 2013, 2:12 a.m.

The Amer­ic­an Board of Ob­stet­rics and Gyneco­logy said Tues­day that its mem­bers could treat male pa­tients for sexu­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions and screen them for anal can­cer, The New York Times re­ports.

The an­nounce­ment is a change to re­stric­tions is­sued in Septem­ber, which said gyneco­lo­gists could lose their board cer­ti­fic­a­tion if they treated male pa­tients.

The ori­gin­al rule was to keep gyneco­logy as a fe­male spe­cialty and lim­it non-gyneco­lo­gic­al work by the board’s mem­bers.

However, the re­stric­tions did not al­low gyneco­lo­gists to screen men who were at high risk for anal can­cer, leav­ing many try­ing to find oth­er spe­cial­ists to treat their male pa­tients.

Pa­tient ad­voc­ates ex­pressed con­cern that the ori­gin­al lim­it­a­tions would hinder re­search and make it dif­fi­cult for males to find screen­ing and treat­ment.


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