CDC: More Teenage Boys Using Condoms
Survey Also Shows Gradual Decline in Teen Birth Rate
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Sexual Activity Rates continued...
The survey shows the percentage of teenage girls who said they were sexual active has dropped from 51% in 1988 to 43% in 2006-2010.
"This significant long-term decline is a reversal from a period during which the percentage of teenagers who were sexually experienced was steadily increasing," write the researchers.
Sexual activity rates also did not change significantly among teenage boys from 2002 through 2006-2010. Researchers say this is a departure from a past trend of declines.
Overall, 60% of teenage boys reported being sexually active in 1988; this dropped to 46% in 2002.
Researchers say the most common reason given for not having sex remained the same as it was in 2002, that it was "against religion or morals." Forty-one percent of girls and 31% of boys who had never had sex cited this reason.
For boys, the second most popular reason was "haven't found the right person yet." The number of teenage boys who cited this reason increased from 21% in 2002 to 29% in 2006-2010.
For girls, the second most common reason for not being sexual active was "haven't found the right person yet," at 19%. The third most common reason was "don't want to get pregnant," at 18%.