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The Initiation of Male Homosexual Behavior

The Initiation of Male Homosexual Behavior To the Editor. — The Surgeon General of the Public Health Service has proclaimed that education about acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) should start in early elementary school and must include information on heterosexual and homosexual relationships.1 However, to develop an age-appropriate and "informed" education program, more research is needed regarding the initiation of both heterosexual and homosexual behavior and concomitant social and psychological circumstances. Although there is some information in the literature concerning onset of heterosexual behavior among teenage boys and girls and the onset of intravenous drug abuse, there is less information on the initiation of male homosexual behavior.2 Remafedi3 indicates that the prevalence of homosexual activity to orgasm among adolescents ranges from 17% to 37% across four separate surveys of young male adults. Reviewing data collected by the Centers for Disease Control early in the AIDS epidemic provides relevant information on the initiation of homosexual http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

The Initiation of Male Homosexual Behavior

JAMA , Volume 262 (4) – Jul 28, 1989

The Initiation of Male Homosexual Behavior

Abstract



To the Editor. —
The Surgeon General of the Public Health Service has proclaimed that education about acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) should start in early elementary school and must include information on heterosexual and homosexual relationships.1 However, to develop an age-appropriate and "informed" education program, more research is needed regarding the initiation of both heterosexual and homosexual behavior and concomitant social and psychological...
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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1989 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1989.03430040071024
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Abstract

To the Editor. — The Surgeon General of the Public Health Service has proclaimed that education about acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) should start in early elementary school and must include information on heterosexual and homosexual relationships.1 However, to develop an age-appropriate and "informed" education program, more research is needed regarding the initiation of both heterosexual and homosexual behavior and concomitant social and psychological circumstances. Although there is some information in the literature concerning onset of heterosexual behavior among teenage boys and girls and the onset of intravenous drug abuse, there is less information on the initiation of male homosexual behavior.2 Remafedi3 indicates that the prevalence of homosexual activity to orgasm among adolescents ranges from 17% to 37% across four separate surveys of young male adults. Reviewing data collected by the Centers for Disease Control early in the AIDS epidemic provides relevant information on the initiation of homosexual

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 28, 1989

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