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The recent evaluation by Jemmott et al1 is a robust contribution to the literature on abstinence-based approaches for preventing sexually transmitted infections. Compared with past studies in our systematic reviews of abstinence-based interventions,2,3 this trial had remarkable strengths. It was the second trial to evaluate both abstinence-only and comprehensive programs and the first to find a significant long-term benefit of an abstinence-only approach. Its rigorous methods compare favorably with previous studies.
Underhill K, Montgomery P, Operario D. Maximizing the Clinical Relevance of Sexual Abstinence–Only Program Evaluations. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(7):679-697. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.119