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Wed January 1, 2014

Study: Doctors Aren't Talking About Sex With Teenage Patients

A study released Monday by Duke Medicine researchers shows that less than two thirds of doctors talk about sex and sexuality with their teenage patients during checkups.
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Doctors too often miss the opportunity to talk with their teenage patients about sex during annual visits, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

A study released this week in JAMA Pediatrics shows that less than two thirds of doctors and teenage patients talk about sex and sexuality during checkups, with most conversations lasting an average of 36 seconds.  

Cleveland Shields, a researcher on the study, says the findings show that doctors need to approach the topic more often and for longer periods of time to better address the sexual health needs of teenagers.

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