Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: The study by Dr Jemmott and
colleagues1 contributes important data to the effort to
develop effective interventions that prevent sexually transmitted
diseases (STDs) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease among
young people. Although the authors used an ambitious study design and
went to substantial lengths to document and validate the self-reported
behaviors that were the principal outcome measures, we believe this and
other such studies could be strengthened by the use of biomedical
markers that identify STDs.
Berman SM, Gunn RA, Aral SO. Abstinence and Safer Sex Among Adolescents. JAMA. 1999;281(16):1485–1488. doi:10.1001/jama.281.16.1485
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