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April 28, 1999

Abstinence and Safer Sex Among Adolescents

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(16):1485-1488. doi:10.1001/jama.281.16.1485

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.