Your Health: November 27, 2013 Gynecologists can treat men

{}{} Gynecologists can now treat men for sexually transmitted infections and screen men for anal cancer.{}{}{}{}{} The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology has reversed restrictions announced in September that said gynecologists could lose their board certification if they treated men.{}{}{}{}{} The board explained it wanted to protect the profession as a female specialty and limit the non-gynecological work performed by its members.{}{}{}{} The board reconsidered after pressure from rectal cancer experts and patient advocates.{}{}{} Gynecologists already have a history of treating sexually transmitted infections in both women and men.{}{}{} Experts say anal cancer is usually caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted.