Teens: The Rising Risk Of AIDS

As the infection rate grows among adolescents, the debate over how to stem it snags on whether to urge safe sex -- or no sex

When health department officials in rural Maryland learned from a Johns Hopkins survey that by the eighth grade, 61% of the boys and 47% of the girls ! at the local schools had had sexual intercourse, they approached the school board about providing condoms on demand. Given the speed at which the AIDS virus is spreading among teenagers -- the number of cases is still quite small, but it doubles every 14 months -- it was not surprising that the board seemed open to the proposal. But when it came time to decide, the condom measure lost by one vote. In...

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