Teens Are Waiting Longer to Have Sex, Study Says
With shows like 'Teen Mom' and '16 and Pregnant' making headlines, teen sexuality has become a major topic of discussion, but a new study shows that teens are actually waiting longer to have sex for the first time, reports USA Today.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 27 percent of boys and 29 percent of girls ages 15-24 say they've never had any type of sexual contact. The data was collected from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth, which involved 5,082 people, ages 15-24.
These numbers show a small increase from the last survey, published in 2005, which showed that 22 percent of both males and females had never had a sexual encounter. There are many possible reasons for the increase in postponement, including family values, religion, fear and more.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 19 million new cases of sexualy transmitted infections occur each year, about half of which occur in those ages 15-24. But adolescent medicine specialist J. Dennis Fortenberry says age could also be a factor.
"As young people progress through their adolescence, increasing proportions of them experience sexual relations with another person," the Indiana University School of Medicine specialist tells the newspaper. "Some young people make a strong commitment to not having sex for a variety of reasons and some take different paths."
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