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Australian university students agree with Clinton's definition of sex

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 10 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1011
  1. Juliet Richters, Research fellow.,
  2. Angela Song, Research officer.
  1. National Centre in HIV Social Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

    EDITOR—Since 1988 we have surveyed first year students in behavioural sciences at Macquarie University in Sydney on their attitudes to and knowledge of HIV and AIDS and relevant risk behaviours. In 1998 we asked 545 students aged 17 to 73 (median age 19; 62% under 20) which of the following activities count as “having sex with” someone: tongue kissing, touching or stroking sexual organs with the hand (mutual masturbation), oral sex (mouth on penis or vulva) with or without orgasm, and penetration of the vagina or anus by …

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