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Egyptian doctors who took part in forced HIV testing “violated medical ethics”

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 17 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:855
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

The arrest and forcible medical examination in Egypt of men who were suspected of being practising homosexuals have outraged doctors and human rights groups worldwide.

Dozens of men were recently arrested in a crackdown against gay men that began last October. Those found to be HIV positive were detained in hospital and chained to hospital beds for several months until a court order was obtained to have the chains removed.

Last week a trial of men accused of homosexual acts went ahead in Cairo, despite objections from more than 100 campaigning organisations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Physicians for Human Rights.

Four HIV …

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