Doctors should not advise adolescents to abstain from sex

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7296.1244/a (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1244
  1. Lieve Peremans, research assistant (lieve.peremans@ua.ac.be),
  2. Paul Van Royen, professor,
  3. Dirk Avonts, professor,
  4. Joke Denekens, professor
  1. Centre for General Practice, University of Antwerp-UA, 2610 Antwerp, Belgium

    EDITOR—In recent years rates of teenage pregnancy and abortions, and the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases have increased in Belgium and other European countries.1 Against this background Stammers and Ingham considered whether advising should be an effective response to declining sexual health in teenagers.2 Both advocated their opinion with valid arguments, but there is insufficient evidence to justify one of the two opinions.

    To determine the needs and expectations of adolescent girls concerning contraceptive use as well as their attitude to healthcare …

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