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Jan092014

Doctors Talk Very Little About Sex with Teens

Alexander Raths/Thinkstock(DURHAM, N.C.) -- Sex is one of those subjects that many youngsters are embarrassed to talk about even with those who can give them helpful advice.

Duke University researchers say it’s for that reason that doctors should go out of their way to engage young patients in sex education.

As it stands, according to their findings, physicians spend well under a minute discussing the topic of sex with adolescents, based on a study of 250 teens in North Carolina.

After listening to recordings of teen visits with their doctors that lasted 22 minutes, sex was only talked about for an average of 36 seconds.

Lead study author Stewart Alexander also noted that while older teens felt more comfortable than younger patients to discuss sexual matters, it was generally girls who initiated the conversations.

Alexander said this was a disturbing trend because males tend to see a doctor less as they age and therefore, have fewer opportunities to ask important and personal questions about sex.

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