This just in: Teenagers are still sleeping together, and we don’t mean resting.
The newest National Survey of Family Growth report finds 43% of teen girls and 42% of teen boys report having had intercourse, rates that have essentially stayed the same over the last nine years.
For those that are having sex, condom use is up, particularly among boys, 80% of whom report using one during their first “encounter.” Despite this though, use of condoms is not consistent. USA Today reports that only “… 49% of girls and 66.5% of boys said they used one every time they had sex in the past four weeks.” (In the past four weeks? How often are they getting it on?)
Other key findings of the National Survey of Family Growth:
- While the numbers of those having sex has remained steady, sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. Girls aged 15 to 19 have higher rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea than any other age or gender group.
- Per USA Today, “The percentage of black teen girls who have had sex decreased from 57% in 2002 to 46% in 2006-2010, marking the first time there were no racial or ethnic differences in the percentage of teen girls who have had intercourse.”
- Time points out that the national teen birth rate hit an all-time low in 2009, with 39.1 births per 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19, yet teenage pregnancies are still higher here than in other Western countries: “… other developed countries make mincemeat out of the U.S.’s historic low. The teen birth rate in Canada is 14; in Germany, it’s 10; and in Italy, just 7.”
- Among those adolescents who have abstained from sex, they were more likely to live with both parents at home, with a mother who is a college graduate.
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