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Abstinence only programmes do not change sexual behaviour, Texas study shows

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 17 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:653

During the editorial process two errors crept into this article by Janice Hopkins Tanne (BMJ 2005;330:326, 12 Feb). We wrongly said that Doug McBride, a spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, was also an author of the Texas study reported in the article. We also said the evaluation of the programmes was prompted after Democratic Senator Henry Waxman and others complained that 11 of the 13 commonly used programmes included false and misleading statements; in fact, the evaluation programme was already under way before Senator Waxman reviewed the programmes and said he found errors.