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Brits are being offer controversial 'virginity tests’ that are considered a violation of human rights, it has been reported.
The intrusive procedures are considered unacceptably by the World Health Organisation, which wants them banned.
Critics claim they are unscientific and cannot legitimately prove whether someone is a virgin or not.
Others have said the tests can be used as a form of abuse, Newsbeat reported.
Women are being offered the invasive vaginal examinations by British clinics, an investigation by the BBC found.
Doctors check to see whether the hymen is in tact in the so-called virginity test, which can cost anywhere between £150 and £300.
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Of 21 clinics identified as offering the ‘service’, seven confirmed they carried out the procedure whilst several others did not confirm or deny.
All admitted they would carry out hymen-repair surgery, which costs between £1,500 and £3,000.
The United Nations says the test is painful, inaccurate and a violation of human rights.
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The WHO states on its website: “As shown in a systematic review on virginity testing, the examination has no scientific merit or clinical indication – the appearance of a hymen is not a reliable indication of intercourse and there is no known examination that can prove a history of vaginal intercourse.
“Furthermore, the practice is a violation of the victim’s human rights and is associated with both immediate and long-term consequences that are detrimental to her physical, psychological and social well-being.”
The BBC also found hymen repair kits being sold online, including fake blood and tweezers, reportedly arriving with no instructions about how to use them.
Last year, US rapper TI sparked outrage after he revealed he regularly has his daughter’s hymen checked.
The artist, who has had seven top five albums, was criticised for annually subjecting his daughter to the “humiliating and traumatic” experience.
He said on the Ladies Like Us podcast: “Not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynaecologist to check her hymen. Yes, I go with her … I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact.
- World Health Organisation
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