عنوان مقاله [English]
Introduction: Although, virginity is an undeniable value for the most societies, Self-request virginity testing can raise many concerns.
Methodology: The study was carried out as a comprehensive study and through searching articles indexed 15 database and WHO, UNFPA websites between 1970 and 2018.
Finding: Rather than being voluntarily, Self-request virginity testing is usually done under social and cultural pressures and due to personal, social, and political consequence has been criticized by many human rights associations. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the action as violence against women. Some of professional societies have declared providing such services as a gross breach of professional ethics standards.
In Iran despite virginity test is religiously prohibited (Haram). Self-request virginity testing is in contrary with a few clauses of Iranian patient’s right charter. Despite all these and legal bans on self-request virginity testing, it is performed.
Conclusion: Rather than being a medical examination, self-request virginity testing is social outcome and along with the policies of WHO virginity test is contrary with professional codes of behaviors, Iran patients’ rights charter, and Iranian constitute. It is also prohibited according to the queries for religions opinion from Shiaat religious leaders. However, a sort of negligence policy is followed in this regard.
To take proper approach to virginity testing needs cooperation among responsible organizations and specialist in medical, judicial, law, religious, and social affairs.