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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/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-16-jbk0428

To the Editor: The Editorial by Dr DiClemente1 contends that "it is difficult to understand the logic behind the decision to earmark funds specifically for abstinence programs." On the other hand, the authors of the article2 discussed in the Editorial conclude from their findings that, regarding abstinence programs, "future research must seek to increase the longevity of these promising effects." DiClemente is right: ideology should not interfere with science. Abstinence programs are promising and should continue to be funded.