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FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's been widespread condemnation of rapper and actor T.I. after he said earlier this week that his daughter has yearly so-called virginity testing to check if her hymen is still intact, even though she is now 18.
There's no evidence to support such a test and it's a violation of a woman's rights, critics say.
"A virginity exam does not exist," Dr. Maura Quinlan, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University in Chicago, told The New York Times.
"If someone brought me a girl for a virginity exam, I would tell them, 'I can't say either way,'" she said.
"You can tell if someone has had a vaginal delivery, but to tell if someone has had vaginal intercourse is not possible," Quinlan explained.
Not every girl is born with a hymen and "the presence or absence of a hymen does not indicate 'virginity,'" according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The group says so-called virginity testing is not a valid medical procedure, The Times reported.
Virginity testing has no scientific or clinical basis, is unethical and should be banned, the World Health Organization says.
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