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 in , according 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. Indeed, the researchers found that the surveyed teens' views on pregnancy played a large role in their decisions about whether to have sex and their likelihood of using contraception.
Sexual Activity Among Teens
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The share of high school students who are sexually active has fluctuated since , ranging 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 The proportion of high school students who reported they had ever had vaginal sexual intercourse declined between and , from 54 to 46 percent.
But concerns about virginity and teen sex are not necessarily backed by the data and not every adolescent is in a pact to lose their v-card before college. The reality is that only about half of teenagers have sex before high school graduation, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that figure has not changed for over a decade. W hile the data may quell some concerns, it raises new ones for parents as well.
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 between , according 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.