CNN American teens' sex habits and contraceptive use haven't changed much over the past decade, according to a new report from the National Survey of Family Growth, which is administered by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Sex talk with mom Story highlights The National Survey of Family Growth has tracked teen sex in the US since Numbers of teens having sex, using birth control are not much changed in past decade.
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How many teens are choosing not to have sex?
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. In the report, the researchers analyzed data on more than 4, teens ages 15 to 19 who were interviewed for the National Survey of Family Growth NSFG from to The majority of teens in the survey said that when they had sex for the first time , it was with someone with whom they were in a relationship: 74 percent of teenage girls and women said their first partner was a significant other, and 51 percent of teenage boys and men said the same. A very small percentage of teens — 2 percent of teen girls and women and 7 percent of teen boys and men — said that their first partner was a person that they had "just met," the report found. Among the teens who hadn't had sex yet, the most common reason was that it was against their religion or morals. Other common reasons included not having found the right person and not wanting to get pregnant or to get someone pregnant.
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