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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 54-57

Dhat syndrome in relation to demographic characteristics

Punjab Institute of Mental Health, PO Box 3222, Gulberg, Lahore 54660, Pakistan

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Nashi Khan
Punjab Institute of Mental Health, PO Box 3222, Gulberg, Lahore 54660
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.46077

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Background : The area of men's sexual health has been poorly understood, particularly with reference to South Asian cultures. The belief that losing semen is detrimental to health is a concept common to both Oriental and Occidental thinking. Aim : To estimate the number of patients with the dhat syndrome consulting different professionals in Lahore and to examine their demographic characteristics. Method : Seventy health professionals of various types were approached and asked to fill in a daily record form for all patients reporting at their clinics for a period of 1 month. Results : A total of 1777 patients were reported to attend the outpatient clinics of health professionals of various types over a period of 1 month. The majority of patients consulted hakims for professional help. Most of the patients were single, with a mean age of 24 years and had a monthly income of less than Rs 3000. Conclusion : These data have important implications for patients, professionals and researchers. The alarming number of people consulting various professionals to seek help for anxiety due to semen loss highlights the fact that research into and interventions for this neglected area of men's sexual health are urgently required.



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