CDC Releases New Report on American Teens and Sex: Here Are 4 Things You Need to Know
by Gryboski, Jun 22, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Thursday regarding issues surrounding American teenagers and sexual activity.
Titled “Sexual Activity and Contraceptive Use Among Teenagers in the United States, 2011–2015,” the report was authored by Joyce C. Abma, Ph.D., and Gladys M. Martinez, Ph.D., of the Division of Vital Statistics.
Here are four things you need to know about the CDC report, including a trend in the rate of sexual activity, the use of emergency contraception, and racial disparities.
Decline in Sexual Activity
The newly released CDC report found that sexual activity among unmarried teenagers in the U.S. continues to be considerably lower than it was over a generation ago.
From 2011–2015, the report found that 42.4 percent of never-married teenage girls and 44.2 percent of never-married teenage boys had sexual intercourse at least once.
While noted as being similar to numbers from the early 2000s, the percentages were still a sharp decline from 1988, when 60 percent of never-married teenage boys and 51 percent of never-married teenage girls had sexual intercourse at least once.