Whatever Happened to Chastity?-Reply

Yehudi M. Felman, MD
JAMA. 1980;244(23):2607. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310230013008.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


In Reply.—  I, too, as a parent and a physician feel very strongly about the need to educate our teenagers on the importance of "responsible and healthy sexual practices, including abstinence and fidelity." While I may even agree with Dr Snell that our society is too casual when it comes to sex, we must remember, however, that we arrived at the state we are now in long before we ever thought of promoting and providing sex education, ie, the use of condoms. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that in providing education about contraception or disease prevention, we would be making the problem worse.As medical professionals, we, more than anyone else, should be fully aware of the consequences of untreated venereal disease and unwanted pregnancies. We, therefore, have an obligation to see that our children do not become victimized by our own self-righteousness. For lacking anything better to


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours




Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.