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January 5, 1963


JAMA. 1963;183(1):73. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700010113023

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Promiscuity Among Teenagers.  —Increasing promiscuity among teenagers is the most disturbing factor revealed in a report to be issued by the Ministry of Health by the end of 1962, which gives the statistics for venereal disease in 1961. It will show that the total number of patients treated in clinics exceeded 40,000 for the first time since 1947 and that the biggest increase was in the 18-19 age group. From a peak of nearly 70,000 in 1946, attributable to war conditions, the number had dropped steeply until 1954 but has been rising steadily since. Boys and girls, sometimes still at school, who regard "having sex" as normal constitute the major problem. "Many of the adolescents I deal with look upon sexual intercourse as a personal right, a pleasure that must not be denied them," a consultant venereologist with over 30 years' experience said. "Before the war there was a deep

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