The Quebec college of physicians has issued a clear warning to doctors to stop performing virginity tests, a practice linked to bridal purity and family honour.

Chastity is not a medical or health condition, Charles Bernard, president of the Collège des médecins, told The Gazette. Gynecological exams for virginity certificates contravene the profession's code of ethics on several grounds, including breaching patient confidentiality, Bernard said

The practise is outrageous, repugnant, irrelevant and unacceptable, he said.

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