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May 1996

Adolescent Sexuality: Looking Beyond Treatments

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics State University of New York Science Center 750 E Adams St Syracuse, NY 13210

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1996;150(5):557-558. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1996.02170300111028

I want to take the opportunity to thank the Editor, Dr DeAngelis, for her note published with the recent article, "Outcomes of Adolescents Using Levonorgestrel Implants vs Oral Contraceptives or Other Contraceptive Methods."1 While faithfully bearing the responsibility of communicating the most up-to-date research and studies in the field of teenage sexuality, Dr DeAngelis also reminds us not to lose sight of the need for a more permanent solution. Teenage sexuality is an undeniable problem that we face as a society and, hence, as its health care providers. We cannot pretend that the problem does not exist since we are faced with its consequences in our patients every day. Because we are expected to treat their immediate need, it is easy to get so caught up in cures that we neglect working its prevention.

The effects of adolescent sex must be dealt with. Unfortunately, we treat the sexually transmitted