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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: Drs Sanders and Reinisch1 demonstrate the widespread confusion about the definition of "having sex" or "sexual relations," and illustrate the need for greater specificity in future investigations of sexual behavior. Implicit in their study is the potential benefit of more frank discussion of public attitudes toward various sexual behaviors in sex education venues and perhaps in the media as well.

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