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Virtual Mentor. November 2014, Volume 16, Number 11: 861-954.

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November 2014

Ethics Poll

Does your physician ask about your sexual activity during your check-ups?
Yes, and I am happy with the opportunity to discuss it.
Yes, but then the physician seems uncomfortable in going further with the topic.
Yes, but I generally do not answer those questions directly; it is none of the doctor's business.
No, but I wish he or she did.
No, and he or she seems uncomfortable if I bring up the topic.
No, and I'm happy that he or she doesn't.

Do you think the medical profession should take public positions on topics having to do with sexual behavior and sex education?
Yes. Sexual behavior and sex education are within the scope of medicine's interest in the well-being of patients and the public.
Only when the topic directly affects health, e.g., the transmission of HIV through sexual activity.
No. This is a matter of moral values not medicine, and physicians do not have the knowledge or training to speak to the public about morals.
Don't know.

Which of the following best describes your reaction to television ads about drugs for erectile dysfunction?
Probably beneficial; the ads make it more likely that men will discuss the condition with their physicians.
The ads are embarrassing.
The ads make me think the pharmaceutical companies are using insecurity about sexual performance to get people's money.
The ads appear to be promoting sex rather than informing the audience about treatment for a medical condition.
Don't know.


From a Virtual Mentor Special Contributor

Religious Exemptions in Insurance Coverage and the Patient-Clinician Relationship
Adam Sonfield
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:864-869.

November Theme: Medicine's Role in Validating Sexual Norms

From the Editors

Sex: Where Morals and Medicine Collide
The VM Editors
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:870-871.

Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Interviewing a Patient about Intimate Partner Violence
Commentary by Charles Moser
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:872-876.

A Request for “Conversion Therapy”
Commentary by Philip Zachariah, Gregory S. Blaschke, and Melissa Weddle
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:877-883.

Teen Pregnancy and Confidentiality
Commentary by Mary A. Ott
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:884-890.

Conley Essay Contest

2013 Winning Essay
Medicine's Authority to Advocate: Responsibilities and Limitations

Abigail Cline
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:891-895.

2013 Runner-Up Essay
The Challenge of Physician Civic Engagement: Promoting Health While Preserving Public Trust

P. Justin Rossi
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:896-900.


Educating the Public about Love, Sex, and Relationships Podcast
Interview with television's "Dr. Drew" Pinsky

The Code Says

AMA Code of Medical Ethics' Opinion on Adolescent Care
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:901-902.

Medical Education

Sexual Health Education in Medical School: A Comprehensive Curriculum
Eli Coleman
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:903-908.

State of the Art and Science

Will Risk Compensation Accompany Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV?
Jill Blumenthal and Richard H. Haubrich
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:909-915.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

The Decriminalization of Sodomy in the United States
Richard Weinmeyer
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:916-922.

Medicine and Society

Medicine, Sexual Norms, and the Role of the DSM
Leonore Tiefer
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:923-927.

Ethical Implications of Drugs for Erectile Dysfunction
Arthur Caplan
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:928-931.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

Sexual Sunday School: The DSM and the Gatekeeping of Morality
Edward Shorter
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:932-937.


Suggested Readings and Resources
Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:938-951.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:952-954.