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February 17, 1993

Heterosexual Transmission of HIV-Reply

JAMA. 1993;269(7):870. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500070050025

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In Reply.  —Drs Rodrigues and Garcia Moreno do not define safe sex, and therefore, their recommendations are unclear. The risk of acquisition of HIV increases with increasing number of sex partners. We should teach our children that having intercourse with multiple partners is unhealthy and also how to protect themselves if they choose to have sex. Both messages are also essential for adults. Which one is emphasized may depend on the particular clinical situation, but neither message should be excluded.