A Midland medic broached the sensitive subject of sexual health, which is a growing problem in Iraq.
Dr Loay David, a consultant in genito-urinary medicine at George Eliot Hospital, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, explained that the problem was ignorance rather than promiscuity.
Dr David said that like the female novelist, who changed her name to achieve literary success, Iraqi doctors and nurses should do the same for sexually-transmitted infections.
Although public awareness on what STIs are and how they are passed on needs to be improved, Dr David believes describing conditions like chlamydia and herpes as common infections may help overcome such cultural barriers.
Dr David, an Iraqi who fled the country in 1987 to escape Saddam's regime, will address delegates at Baby Lifeline's conference in Kuwait tomorrow.
He said: "There are a lot of sensitivities surrounding sexual health in countries like Iraq. What they do not realise is GU clinics are confidential and patients get appointments without having to see their family GP.
"George Eliot changed her name to be a writer, so if in Kuwait and Iraq we changed the name of infections, to make them non-sexual, I think that would help overcome the cultural sensitivities in this area. However, not all tests are available on the health service and in some areas patients are caught up in a lottery for treatment."
Dr David, who is also an honorary senior lecturer at Warwick Medical School, believes embarrassment prevents many women from getting symptoms checked out.
"Pre-marital sex is not as big an issue as it is in Britain, where STIs are rising quickly, so embarrassment and shame is often what prevents many patients from seeking help," he said.
"More than 120,000 cases of chlamydia were diagnosed in Britain last year, but in Iraq that figure is unknown because it is classed as a nonspecific infection. We need to explain that if left untreated, it can affect their fertility."
He added: "We also have to combat male attitudes to this issue, because if a man picks up an STI he will get himself tested but often he will not tell his partner that she may be infected too. The idea behind events like this is to tackle issues and equip delegates with vital knowledge that they can share with others."