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November 4, 1998

Sex at Risk: Politically or Factually Correct?

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

JAMA. 1998;280(17):1482. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-17-jbk1104

To the Editor.— One of the secondary themes of my book,1 reviewed by Dr Post in JAMA,2 is that political correctness largely precludes factual correctness. The review by Post was another example of this.

For example, she substitutes "paradoxically" for "phasically" in a quoted passage that should read "intercourse but not masturbation phasically increased men's testosterone levels."1(p99) She also states that I claim to be "nonpartisan," although in my preface I explicitly note, "The review of the low risk of HIV [human immunodeficiency virus] transmission during vaginal intercourse is more partisan than the other two reviews, because of the common assumption of such a risk in both lay and professional circles."1(pviii)

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