The historic drop is one of the findings in the iteration of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey YRBS , a biannual survey administered by the CDC that tracks risky behaviors, including sexual intercourse, among America's high schoolers. Administered to high school students across the country since , the YRBS offers one of the more detailed longitudinal views of the state of high school sexual activity. What this year's report shows is yet another drop in that activity, consistent with the more or less continuous trend since Closer examination reveals that most teens are having less sex and delaying sex longer, and that sexually-active teens have fewer lifetime sexual partners. That confirms other data indicating that American teenagers are far more risk averse than their parents, challenging the popular media representation of an increasingly sexualized adolescent life. In , some
Fewer American High Schoolers Having Sex Than Ever Before
Over Half of U.S. Teens Have Had Sexual Intercourse by Age 18, New Report Shows
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 more than a decade. W hile the data may quell some concerns, it raises new ones for parents as well. The percent of virgins in high school is a trend that has remained pretty consistent since , CDC data suggests. Only about one in four 9th-graders report that they have ever had sex.
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.
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.