Specific questions will elicit more useful information about a teenager’s sexual history. Instead of asking, “Do you use condoms?” ask, “For every 10 times that you have sex, how many times would you say that you use a condom?”

A more detailed question will provide a better understanding of the patient’s contraceptive risk-taking behavior and result in more effective counseling.—SUSAN COOKSEY, NP, Yacolt, Wash. (183-6)


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