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Umberto Tirelli, MD Biography

Director of the Department of Medical Oncology at the Centro di Riferimento Oncologico (CRO - Oncologic Referral Center) of the National Cancer Institute (Aviano, Italy)
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“It is [for] some time that I have been pointing out that the introduction of an ad-hoc regulation for prostitution in Italy is most urgent for a number of reasons: fight against organized crime, rehabilitation of certain areas of our towns and for health-related conditions. In reorganizing prostitution we could follow the examples set by such towns as Amsterdam and Berlin, where prostitution is restricted to specific areas or to specific places which are regularly controlled by health and tax inspectors. The means to enforce a regulation for prostitution may vary but the end is only one: take prostitutes away from the street and from the criminal gangs and keep an activity which is presently more or less underground under tax and health controls.”, Feb. 7, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Department of Medical Oncology, Centro di Riferimento Oncologico (CRO – Oncologic Referral Center), National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Pordenone, Italy
  • Professor, Medical Oncology, Postgraduate School of Medicine of the University of Udine
  • Chairman, Italian Association Against AIDS (ANLAIDS-ONLUS), Friuli Venezia Giulia chapter
  • Senior Counsellor, World Executive Council, International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI)
  • Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • Member, European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)
  • Member, American Society of Hematology (ASH)
  • Member, International Immune-compromised Host Society (IHS)
  • IV Award of the Italian Television for medical and scientific communications, 2003
  • MD, University of Modena, 1974
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Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?
  2. Should Health Checks Be Mandatory for Prostitutes?