* I hope "Chastity Makes a Comeback" (Aug. 10) started a lot of parents and kids talking to each other. As a Christian, I agree with the importance of promoting a biblical understanding of sexual intimacy as a gift from God that is meant to be enjoyed only in the context of marriage. As a physician, I know the life-changing consequences of uninformed choices that lead to unplanned pregnancies and STDs, including HIV and AIDS. Even in 1999, abstinence is the only 100% reliable way to prevent them. As a 28-year-old man who just got married, I know the importance of waiting until our vows were exchanged before sharing the most personal parts of ourselves.
Sexual promiscuity is a significant part of the deterioration of the moral fabric of our society and a serious threat to the health of our young people, but the problem cannot be solved until it is addressed. True love does wait.
MICHAEL L. BROEKER MD
* There's absolutely no way schools are going to convince students not to have sex. They're fighting biology. They cannot win. So the $500 million in public money being spent on these programs is going down the toilet.
More important, there's nothing wrong with teenagers having sex. Sex is a means by which two people express certain feelings for each other. Why should adults have a monopoly on that?