Medical professionals the world over are facing a similar problem, and they’re not quite sure how to handle it.
More and more young patients are texting photos of their genitals to their doctors for diagnoses rather than coming in for good, old-fashioned check-ups. Now, hospitals are struggling with how to rein in what many in the industry are calling a “weird” and “inappropriate” new trend.
According to one sexual and reproductive health professional from New York, patients in the United States are the worst when it comes to texting pictures of their junk to doctors.
“It was a shock and a weird way for a diagnosis,” the doctor tells The Daily Star. “It is the just the nature of young people being comfortable just showing pictures like these.”
Doctors, however, aren’t so comfortable with it. Especially when the patients are under the age of 18.
“When photos are in the medical record, generally, you have safeguards,” Lois Shepherd, a health ethicist at the University of Virginia, explains. “Obviously, we are concerned about situations where boundaries are breached and where people are sending their photos in a way to create an improper relationship between a healthcare provider and patient, minor or not minor.”
Shepherd adds: “So many conditions would have to be in place to make this appropriate. Professional groups need to sit down and think about what they’re going to do about it.”
What do you think? Would you be comfortable sending your doctor a dick pic in lieu of going in for a face-to-face visit? Sound off in the comments section below.