Anger in Brazil at obstetrics tests for jobseekers

SAO PAULO (AP) — Advocates for women's rights are denouncing a Brazilian state for asking female jobseekers to undergo gynecological exams or present a doctor's note saying the patient hasn't had sex.

Until recently, the state of Sao Paulo called for prospective teachers to help rule out cancer by taking a pap smear test as well as a colposcopy, a type of cervical exam. It still requires at least a pap smear.

It said jobseekers could skip the tests if they provided a doctor's statement that they had no previous sexual activity.

Brazil's national Secretariat for Women's Rights and a group of attorneys who deal with women's issues said they are against any requirements that compromise the privacy of women.

The state says those tests promote health.

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