Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: The Editorial by Dr
DiClemente1 contends that "it is difficult to understand
the logic behind the decision to earmark funds specifically for
abstinence programs." On the other hand, the authors of the
article2 discussed in the Editorial conclude from their
findings that, regarding abstinence programs, "future research must
seek to increase the longevity of these promising effects."
DiClemente is right: ideology should not interfere with science.
Abstinence programs are promising and should continue to be funded.
Masdeu JC. Abstinence and Safer Sex Among Adolescents. JAMA. 1999;281(16):1485-1488. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-16-jbk0428