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Your Health: November 27, 2013 Gynecologists can treat men

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   Gynecologists can now treat men for sexually transmitted infections and screen men for anal cancer.
      The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology has reversed restrictions announced in September that said gynecologists could lose their board certification if they treated men.
      The board explained it wanted to protect the profession as a female specialty and limit the non-gynecological work performed by its members.
     The board reconsidered after pressure from rectal cancer experts and patient advocates.
    Gynecologists already have a history of treating sexually transmitted infections in both women and men.
    Experts say anal cancer is usually caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted.

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