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Sex, sickness and silence

One could almost be forgiven for thinking that there is a conspiracy to hide the medical consequences of permissive behaviour from the public at large. EN asked a practising GP to explain the facts. (Some readers may find the details offensive - for which we apologise.)

Trevor Stammers

The dangers and difficulties associated with indiscriminate sexual activity are frequently down-played. One currently popular text on the psychology of adolescence blithely asserts that 'the figures do not support commonly prevailing mythology' that sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are increasing. This is simply untrue.