Paging Dr. Kinsey
Less Sex for U.S. Teens & Young Adults
Remember health class when the teach shows you videos of a live birth and pictures of herp and one kid always passed out or vomited? Maybe its finally working... As Reuters reports, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the findings of their survey on sexual patterns among U.S. teenagers and young adults (based on interview data from 2006 to 2008 provided by men and women ages 15 to 44).
Among the findings:
- 29 percent of women and 27 percent of men ages 15 to 24 reported not having any sexual contact compared with 22 percent in 2002. (Who's to say whether this is due to an increase in morale or simply the fear engendered by shows like 19 Kids and Counting...?)
- 13 percent of young women reported some form of sex with another woman, up from about 12 percent in 2002.
- 4 percent of young men reported same-sex encounters, down from 5 percent in 2002.
- There was an overall increase in reports of the bacterial infection Chlamydia, especially among 15 to 19-year-olds. The most common STD in the U.S., Chlamydia can lead to complications if untreated and spreads easily since some people show no symptoms. Now, that's an uncomfortable reason to have to be excused from school, eh?
For this survey, the CDC was especially concerned with understanding sexual behaviors that youth might not typically report as sex, such as oral and anal sex. They found:
- Of youth aged 15 to 24 who reported having had sex, nearly 63 percent of women and 64 percent of men had oral sex, compared to nearly 69 percent in 2002.
- About 21 percent of young men reported having had anal sex, compared to nearly 22 percent in 2002.
- About 20 percent of young women reported having had anal sex, which is consistent with 2002's findings.
It's pretty disconcerting that while all types of sex are generally down, Chlamydia is on the rise. Do what you will, people... but for Pete's sake just keep it clean.