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Editorial
October 2001

The Questions We Need to Ask Now

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(10):1093-1094. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.10.1093

IN THIS issue of the ARCHIVES, Siegel and colleagues1 ask whether intervention effects of a school-based human immunodeficiency virus/sexually transmitted disease (HIV/STD) prevention intervention are enduring 1 year later. The results they report suggest that knowledge remains higher as does intention to practice safe sex and behavior among some subgroups.

These data are important because when merged with a growing volume of research results, we are beginning to reap the answers to the questions we have been asking over the last decade. Can we purposefully affect sexual behavior among adolescents? (Yes.)2,3 Are adolescents well served by discussing sexual decision making before as well as after the onset of coitus? (Yes.)1 Are behavioral changes enduring? (Somewhat, but not as enduring as we might like.)2,4

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