Doctors and teenage patients should talk more about sex, study says

December 30, 2013 10:56 PM

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Doctors and teenage patients should talk more about sex, study says

Both the American Medical Assn. and the American Academy of Pediatrics advise doctors to talk to their teenage patients about sex, but discussions about sexual feelings and health occurred in only 65% of the checkups analyzed in a new study.

Even when physicians and adolescents did talk about sex, those conversations lasted for only 36 seconds, on average, according to a report published online Monday in JAMA Pediatrics.

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