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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1994
Re the survey on American's sexual practices (Oct. 7): Am I the only one who realizes that its impossible for men to have more sex partners (on average) than women do? I mean, if women only have two sex partners, and men have six, where do the extra four wome come from? Somebody's not telling the whole truth here. ROBERT WITTMOND Lakewood
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SCIENCE
September 16, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
More than half of American teens ages 15 to 19 have engaged in oral sex, increasing to nearly 70% for those who are 18 and 19, according to the largest federal study of the nation's sexual practices. The study also found that 11% of women ages 18 to 44 reported having at least one homosexual experience in their lifetime, up from 4% in a similar survey conducted in 1992.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1989
It disturbs us that both proponents and opponents of Irvine's Measure N have chosen to play on the fears of the voters. Opponents say if you support Measure N, then you are a religious and political extremist and a gay and lesbian basher. Supporters say that if you oppose Measure N, then you advocate destruction of family and church and promote deviant sexual activity. Neither position is supported by the facts. Both positions are wrong morally and legally. Measure N is not a civil rights issue, it is a privacy issue.
NEWS
January 22, 2001 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The first nationally representative survey of teenage boys' sexual practices confirms what had been a powerful hunch among public-health experts: Significant numbers of teenagers are engaging in non-coital sex such as oral sex and anal sex. The study, conducted by the Washington, D.C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1998
Re "Keeping Pace in the Ever-Changing Fight Against AIDS," Feb. 9: It is clear that AIDS-infected people are not being responsible in their sexual practices. The infection rate is still out of control. There seems to be a mentality out there that says, "I'm going to die, so why should I care about others?" Infecting someone with AIDS is not an act of love. It would be more merciful to be shot with a gun. AIDS is a terrible way to die. We go to great lengths to protect the anonymity and civil rights of the infected person because of sympathy.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1993
Just what is the "moral urgency" with which AIDS has imbued the American theater? That we understand how devastating the disease is, especially to the gay community? Agreed. But that moral urgency also needs to be aimed at those foolish enough to engage in irresponsible sexual practices in an age in which "safe sex" is a myth. Each of us--whether a part of the gay community or not--must assume responsibility for what we do with our bodies. The spread of AIDS could be nearly halted on the West Coast by a commitment to celibacy.
NEWS
February 5, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
America's teen-age girls seem to be having sex sooner, according to early reports from a federal survey of childbearing and sexual practices. A 1988 survey of young women 15 to 19 found that 54% had intercourse at least once, according to researchers with the National Center for Health Statistics. That compares to 47% in a similar survey in 1982.
NEWS
January 22, 2001 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The first nationally representative survey of teenage boys' sexual practices confirms what had been a powerful hunch among public-health experts: Significant numbers of teenagers are engaging in non-coital sex such as oral sex and anal sex. The study, conducted by the Washington, D.C.
SCIENCE
September 16, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
More than half of American teens ages 15 to 19 have engaged in oral sex, increasing to nearly 70% for those who are 18 and 19, according to the largest federal study of the nation's sexual practices. The study also found that 11% of women ages 18 to 44 reported having at least one homosexual experience in their lifetime, up from 4% in a similar survey conducted in 1992.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 1985 | KRISTINE MCKENNA
John Michael's miniature assemblages are kinky and ice cold. A naked Barbie doll decapitated and affixed to a cross? Surely there's a less heavy-handed way to express one's feelings of sexual alienation. Housed in plexiglass boxes, these clinical little horror stories are crammed with enough creepy information to send a shiver down Hitchcock's spine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1998
Re "Keeping Pace in the Ever-Changing Fight Against AIDS," Feb. 9: It is clear that AIDS-infected people are not being responsible in their sexual practices. The infection rate is still out of control. There seems to be a mentality out there that says, "I'm going to die, so why should I care about others?" Infecting someone with AIDS is not an act of love. It would be more merciful to be shot with a gun. AIDS is a terrible way to die. We go to great lengths to protect the anonymity and civil rights of the infected person because of sympathy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1995
Ventura school board Trustee John Walker's observation that ninth-graders can't identify with an alternative lifestyle when being taught by homosexual men infected with the AIDS virus about the dangers of unsafe sex practices has all the earmarks of the head-in-the-sand mentality that prevails all too often in our society. To assume that children in middle school and high school aren't aware of homosexuality today is ignorant, irresponsible and insensitive. Mr. Walker digs himself in further by saying that he would like to see a heterosexual man give the lectures on safe sex, using humor to encourage kids to abstain from sexual intercourse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1994
Re the survey on American's sexual practices (Oct. 7): Am I the only one who realizes that its impossible for men to have more sex partners (on average) than women do? I mean, if women only have two sex partners, and men have six, where do the extra four wome come from? Somebody's not telling the whole truth here. ROBERT WITTMOND Lakewood
NEWS
October 7, 1994 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
The media may portray American culture as a cauldron of steaming sexuality, but the private lives of Americans are more like a comforting bowl of warm oatmeal. A long-awaited landmark study of adult sexuality in the United States has found that the sexual practices of Americans are surprisingly conservative. It is a portrait of a land of faithful partners who have sex conventionally, about once a week.
NEWS
August 10, 1994 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
The U.S. government will boost its budget for basic laboratory research on the AIDS virus by 20% next year by shifting $70 million away from clinical studies now designed to test drugs and vaccines to curb the epidemic, Dr. William E. Paul, the new director of the Office of AIDS Research, said here Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1993
Just what is the "moral urgency" with which AIDS has imbued the American theater? That we understand how devastating the disease is, especially to the gay community? Agreed. But that moral urgency also needs to be aimed at those foolish enough to engage in irresponsible sexual practices in an age in which "safe sex" is a myth. Each of us--whether a part of the gay community or not--must assume responsibility for what we do with our bodies. The spread of AIDS could be nearly halted on the West Coast by a commitment to celibacy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1995
Ventura school board Trustee John Walker's observation that ninth-graders can't identify with an alternative lifestyle when being taught by homosexual men infected with the AIDS virus about the dangers of unsafe sex practices has all the earmarks of the head-in-the-sand mentality that prevails all too often in our society. To assume that children in middle school and high school aren't aware of homosexuality today is ignorant, irresponsible and insensitive. Mr. Walker digs himself in further by saying that he would like to see a heterosexual man give the lectures on safe sex, using humor to encourage kids to abstain from sexual intercourse.
NEWS
May 3, 1987
Concerning "AIDS Launches Sexual Counterrevolution," I was glad to see that Stein debunked the myth that it's safe to have sex with married people to avoid AIDS. But when in passing she mentioned the new dating services or clubs for those who have tested negative for exposure to the AIDS virus, she failed to mention that a single negative test doesn't mean that the individual has not been exposed. The Red Cross has stated that if the virus has not incubated in sufficient numbers it will not show up in a test.
NEWS
August 9, 1991 | TIM RUTTEN
This year, an estimated 2.5 million American teen-agers will contract a sexually transmitted disease. Some will die; some will be made sterile. Others will be put at greater risk of developing other diseases, including cancer. In an attempt to understand the precise scope and causes of this epidemic, the federal Department of Health and Human Services had hoped to survey the sexual behavior of 24,000 teen-agers. Participation was to have been contingent on parental consent.
NEWS
February 5, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
America's teen-age girls seem to be having sex sooner, according to early reports from a federal survey of childbearing and sexual practices. A 1988 survey of young women 15 to 19 found that 54% had intercourse at least once, according to researchers with the National Center for Health Statistics. That compares to 47% in a similar survey in 1982.
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