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Sexting for Your Health: Patients Send Genitalia Photos, Raising Legal Concerns

April 8, 2016

(The Guardian) – But medical ethicists expressed concern about the practice, because of the risk it could pose for doctors who treat people under the age of 18, arguing that because it is a form of telemedicine, it should only be practiced on a secure network, where it is protected under the federal health privacy information act, Hipaa. Concerns were also raised about the severe legal consequences that could arise for doctors, if the images could be construed as child abuse images. Health ethicist Lois Shepherd, at the University of Virginia, said exchanging photos like this is incredibly risky.

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