Parents, relax. Fewer high school-aged teens are having sex, and when they do, they're most likely using contraception, a new government report found. Sexual intercourse among teens has declined again after rates stabilized betweenaccording to the National Center for Health Statistics report on teen sexual activity and contraceptive use released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Young people, sex and pregnancy — the myths Sexual behaviour of young people Teenage pregnancy Encouraging contraception use among sexually active young people Young people, sex and pregnancy — the myths Lots of myths float around about sexual intercourse and contraception. Some have been made up because they appear to be based on 'commonsense' and therefore they must be true. Other myths have been handed down from other generations where ignorance of sex and health issues, for women in particular, was socially desirable.
New national data suggest that the proportion of high school students who ever had sexual intercourse has dropped, particularly among students in earlier grades and among black and Hispanic students. Previous research findings indicate that an early start of sexual activity is associated with factors such as more sexual partners, lack of condom use, teen pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infection STI in adolescence. The researchers note that a similar pattern by grade was seen in nearly half of the states that had available data.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control CDC released a report showing a significant decline in teen sexual activity between and The report obtained data on the sexual conduct of teens by analyzing 29 separate state-level Youth Risk Behavior Surveys. The study finds declines in teen sexual activity across racial groups, grade levels, and regions. Interestingly, the declines in teen sexual activity were the largest among blacks and Hispanics.
NCBI Bookshelf. The major purpose of this statistical appendix is to provide an integrated and comprehensive source of data on teenage fertility behavior. To date, much of the public data on prevalence of sexual activity by age, sex, race and cohort in the United States, as well as trends in pregnancies, births, abortions, marriage and adoption, have not been available in any single source.
Many young people engage in sexual risk behaviors and experiences that can result in unintended health outcomes. Sexual risk behaviors place youth at risk for HIV infectionother sexually transmitted diseases STDsand unintended pregnancy :. Half of the 20 million new STDs reported each year were among young people aged 15 to 24 3.
The share of high school students who are sexually active has fluctuated sinceranging from 30 to 38 percent. In Appendix 1 Among black students, however, the proportion who reported they were sexually active decreased from 59 percent in to 33 percent in
More than 42 percent of never-married adolescents ages 15 to 19 say they have had sex at least once. Researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics report that from to Among the majority who had not had sex, the reasons varied.
What's This About? Youth Statistics. Sexual Orientation Overview Awareness of romantic attraction typically begins prior to puberty [ 1 ].
The percentage of teens in the U. The latest estimates — which are based on data gathered from to — are that 42 percent of girls and women ages 15 to 19 who have never been married have had sex, down from 51 percent inaccording to the report. For guys who have never been married, 44 percent have had sex, down from 60 percent in These trends follow another pattern that researchers have observed in previous studies: Teen birth rates are also on the decline, according to the report published today June 22 by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.