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November 24, 1999

Attitudes Toward and Definitions of Having Sex

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephenLurieMD PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(20):1916-1919. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-20-jbk1124

To the Editor: Those of us who have worked in college health care for many years have known full well the problems associated with how students define sexual activity. My health education department routinely works with young people on issues of sexuality. "Having sex" means whatever they want it (or need it) to mean. Thus, the article by Drs Sanders and Reinisch1 adds nothing new to the field of knowledge in human sexuality.

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