Revista Habanera de Ciencias Médicas
version ISSN 1729-519X
GALVEZ CABRERA, Elisa; GONZALEZ SOSA, Yasser Armando and CONSUEGRA GALVEZ, Elisa. Sexuality and drugs: Medical and legal aspects of interest for general doctors. Rev haban cienc méd [online]. 2011, vol.10, n.4, pp. 492-495. ISSN 1729-519X.
Introduction: Several medical legal aspects associated to sexuality and the uses of drugs are part of the medical-legal procedure. It is very important for the Medicine Doctors work. Objective: To provoke the reflection about the problems associated to sexuality and the use of drugs in order to have Medicine Doctors be aware of some legal aspects of interest for their work. Methods: A comment revision about the conceptual basis of the sexuality and the use of drugs, and the several situations with this association was held. Results: Different medical, social, legal and ethical problems associated to sexuality and the use of drugs that have repercussion on man as a biological, social, spiritual and cultural unit, are presented in order to have Medicine Doctors be aware of some legal aspects of interest for their work. It has been made special emphasis in sexual crimes according to the Cuban penal code and how these crimes are defined and classified. Other less known crimes related to sexuality that appear in our penal code are also explained in detail. Conclusions: Are given about the destructive effect of drugs on man's sexuality and the different types of sexual crimes included in the Cuban penal code. The association between alcohol and drug consumption and sexual crimes, types of sexual abuses under drug effects and non-inhibited effects of alcohol propitiating undesired pregnancy and sexual infections including AIDS. The steps to follow according to medical practice during the physical exam of a presumed victim of sexual crime are also recommended in this paper.
Keywords : Drugs; sexual crimes; medical and legal aspects.