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Curr Opin Pediatr. 1999 Aug;11(4):283-6.

Review of sexuality education in the United States for health professionals working with adolescents.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.


Interactive sexuality education programs have proven to be an effective way to delay sexual debut and to reduce the frequency of sexual encounters among teens. In 1998, several papers were published that reflect the importance of continuing sexuality education in the schools. Despite this research, many schools provide inadequate sexuality education for youth. The development and success of political opposition to sexuality education programs when over 80% of adults in the United States support such education in the schools are discussed. The implications for each health care provider are clear: to educate patients about sexual issues and advocate for effective sexuality education in each community.

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