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. For example, despite having equal rates of consensual sex, LGBTQ teenagers are nearly twice as at risk for sexual assault. 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.
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Over Half of U.S. Teens Have Had Sexual Intercourse by Age 18, New Report Shows
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 new study shows that just over 40 percent of boys and girls reported having had sexual intercourse by age 18 — a huge decline from the peak of when 57 percent of teens between the ages of 15 and 19 reported having had sex. The new report was conducted year round between , included 4, male and female teens, ages Participation was voluntary and required parental permission, but responses were anonymous.
The sexuality of US adolescents includes their feelings, behaviors and development, and the place adolescent sexuality has in American society, including the response of the government , educators, parents, and other interested groups. Teenage pregnancy is four times as prevalent in the US as in the European Union,  but has been steadily declining since , reaching a record low in , according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , and continuing to decline through More than half of the schools in the study followed a comprehensive approach that included information about both abstinence and contraception, while approximately one third of schools provided students with abstinence-only sex education. Self-report surveys suggest that half of all to year-olds have had oral sex. The average age of first sexual intercourse in the United States is around
The media ensures that children and adolescents are exposed to sex earlier than ever; girls are going through puberty earlier; and, as always, many teenagers are having sex. As parents, we all have our opinions about when and with whom our children should be sexually active. So when is that age? And when should you worry? It should come as no surprise that there is little consensus among cultures about young people and sex.