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Traveling with Teenagers
by Evelyn Petersen

Q: My wife and I work long hours at high-stress jobs in order to have the time and money to take one or two nice vacations each year. The last three have been disasters because of the way our teenagers […]


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Condoms-Getting Magic’s message
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

The entire nation was stunned when Magic Johnson announced recently that he is infected with the AIDS virus. His commitment to work for AIDS prevention has been applauded nationwide. There has been some controversy, however, about his initial “Safe Sex” […]


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When teens feel or fear they may be gay
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

There has been considerable controversy over school-based Project 10 counseling services in the past few years. Started by Virginia Uribe at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, the Project 10 model is now being used at high schools across the […]


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What is bacterial vaginosis?
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

Bacterial Vaginosis, or B.V., is simply a new name for the old infection Gardnerella Vaginitis, also known as Hemophilus Vaginitis. What is the infection with all these names? Bacterial vaginosis is the name for the organism responsible for a malodorous […]


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What you need to know about abnormal pap smears in adolescent girls
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

Many parents wonder when a teenage girl should have her first pelvic exam and Pap smear. Such exams should begin when she starts having sex–or when you suspect that she may be sexually active. The Pap smear, as you may […]


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The Effects of Smoking Marijuana
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

Many people assume that marijuana isn’t really a threat to health. But the drug has changed in recent years. The potency of a major ingredient – THC – has recently increased 10 t0 20 times. And researchers are discovering new, […]


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How To Approach a Sexually Related Crisis
by Charles Wibbelsman, M.D.

It’s part of every parent’s nightmare: a teen daughter gets pregnant, your teenage son causes a pregnancy, or your teen tells you that he or she is gay. What can you do? First, contain your own feelings. Listening rather than […]


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Talking With Your Teen About Birth Control
by Kathy McCoy, Ph.D.

Many parents feel that talking with their teens about birth control will either give the teens ideas, or communicate parental permission to have sex. However, teens do have ideas about sex, and some actually have sex without either birth control […]


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Even More Good Reasons for Your Teen to Say “No” To Sex
by Kathy McCoy, Ph.D.

What are some good reasons for your teenager to say no to sex? You might tell him or her: 1. “Hold off if you don’t know each other well.” The best sexual sharing comes with someone you know and trust. […]


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Are You Envious of Your Teenager?
by Kathy McCoy, Ph.D.

If you’re feeling middle-aged, tired, in a rut, and less fit than you used to be, it isn’t surprising that you might sometimes envy your teen’s physical beauty, strength, youth, and seemingly limitless life choices and opportunities. These feelings of […]


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