Confidentiality, contraception, and young people

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6929.657a (Published 05 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:657
  1. D Paintin

    EDITOR, - Victoria Gillick implies that sexual behaviour in young people under 16 would be beneficially restricted if doctors either did not prescribe contraception for this age group or did so only with parental consent.1 Her view is not supported by research. About 28% of boys and 20% of girls have had intercourse by the age of 16, and 55% and 45% of these, respectively, …

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