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An Italian gynaecologist who went by the nickname 'Dr Magic Flute' has resigned after he was exposed for telling women with a cancer-causing virus that sex with him was the cure.
An undercover investigation by journalists from the Italian TV 'Le Iene' caught Dr Giovanni Miniello red-handed as he was broadcasted half-naked in a hotel room with a female patient.
Reports say the 33-year-old woman had gone to him about her fertility issues.
But from the beginning, the doctor had been unprofessional and said he touched her breasts without any explanation and reportedly told her he liked women with small breasts, she informed La Repubblica.
After some tests, he allegedly suggested that she had indications of human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a sexually-transmitted DNA virus that can cause cancer, despite a negative result after a smear test.
When she contacted him for the test results she was horrified when he allegedly said she could be cured by having sex with him and then offered an appointment.
He told her: "I have saved many women from cancer. All those I have had contact with were negative afterwards."
The woman, who had already sought legal advice because she was suspicious of the doctor, recorded the conversation and took it to the investigative news programme.
Le Iene hired an actress to see the doctor, who quickly repeated the same strategy as before and also offered the same treatment of having sex with him.
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He also further claimed that having sex with somebody like him who had been vaccinated would give her immunity, and he offered to see if he could immunise her by having sex with her.
In the hotel room, the doctor undresses while teller her that she would be free from the virus afterwards.
When the undercover actress asks about protection he claims it was pointless because she would not then get the benefit of the antibodies if he had latex on.
Before anything else happened, a journalist came into the room and surprised the half-naked 60-year-old who protested: "I'm doing this for my studies, and for the other people that I have saved."
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Through his lawyer, Miniello said: "I, who have successfully treated hundreds of women for over 40 years… only proposed an alternative treatment that has yielded results".
He also added that he had never coerced the women to have sex with him and always gave them "absolute freedom of choice".
Marika Massara, the coordinator for the Anti-Violence Centre in Bari, said: "We have received several reports in the last few days, dozens.
"Women who have come together and gone through a similar situation. Some consider reporting it, others are afraid, also because the level of secondary victimisation we are witnessing is very high."
The public prosecutor in Bari has opened an investigation.
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