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A probing question of infection
  1. Vincent Tremayne
  1. Correspondence to Vincent Tremayne, Nurse Advisor, NHS Direct, Strawberry Fields, Berrywood Business Village, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 2UN UK; vptremayne{at}

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If one was to mention the word ‘sounding’ in medical terms you might envisage a stainless steel probe used to progressively widen a urethral stricture. The insertion of ‘sounds’ or other objects into the urethra for sexual gratification is not new but has been increasingly seen in the literature in the past 10 years. Indeed, a 2010 survey by Rinard et al1 of 354 men with genital piercings revealed that just under 18% of the respondents reported using 32 different objects for sounding. …

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