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Bombs in the sexual health war

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 08 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2028
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
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    Everyone ducked, but I was too slow, and water splashed into my face. The spermicide made my eyes smart. In the early 1980s we used condoms mainly as water bombs. Sex was taboo at school. Even at medical school we wore balaclavas to our “clap clinic” rotations and never sat down on the toilet seats. Sexual health clinics were in prefabricated huts hidden behind the bin areas of most hospitals. Genitourinary medicine (GUM) consultants had side partings, and junior doctors …

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