No procedure exists that can prove virginity, yet dangerously unscientific virginity tests occur every day. One year ago this month, the World Health Organization called on governments worldwide to ban virginity testing, arguing that the procedure “violates several human rights and ethical standards, including the fundamental principle in medicine to do no harm.” Yet, no country—including the United States—has done so. 

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Why Are American Doctors Performing Virginity Tests?

No procedure exists that can prove virginity, yet dangerously unscientific virginity tests occur regularly—even in the United States.

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Debunking the Dangerous Hymen Myth
Almost 500 years after the hymen was first “discovered,” the hymen myth—that its presence can prove or disprove virginity—remains wides…
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The State of Virginity Testing Around the World
The sham exams are impacting women everywhere. Here, which countries are making positive strides and which countries are ignoring women…
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In Afghanistan, Women Are Winning the Fight Against Virginity Testing

A new ruling this month brings women in the country one step closer to ridding themselves of the sham procedure for good.