March 08, 1999 12:00 PM

>Drew Pinsky

Since he began hosting Loveline, MTV’s sex-talk show, Dr. Drew Pinsky has gotten a reputation as a sex-therapy guru. But there was one person whom Pinsky, 40, wasn’t ready to advise—his daughter, one of his 6-year-old triplets. “She asked, ‘Do you and Mommy have sex?’ ” he recalls. “I said, ‘What do you think sex is?’ She thought it was kissing. I said, ‘Yes! We kiss!’ ”

Pinsky has been explaining the subtleties of sex since 1983, when he started Loveline on an L.A. radio station while he was still a USC medical student. In 1995 the program went into national syndication—with listeners phoning in their libidinal woes, Pinsky giving advice, and comedian Adam Carolla cracking jokes. Two years ago MTV launched a TV version (weeknights at 11:30 p.m. ET) and added co-host Diane Farr. Now that he’s on TV, “people are always asking me [sex] questions on the street,” says Pinsky, an internist who lives in L.A. with wife Susan, 39, and their three kids. How will he keep his daughter from learning the real meaning of “sex”? Pinsky laughs, “She’s never dating!”

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