Facts About Teens’ Sexual Health and Practices

That elusive creature, the American teen. What are its habits? What does it do? The Guttmacher Institute took up the most challenge question of all: What are the sexual practices of the American teen? The facts aren’t that disturbing, actually. As it turns out, teenagers are waiting longer to have sex than they did in the recent past. Those that do have sex are doing it with a steady partner instead of a casual partner.

Things aren’t all good, though. By comparison, European teens have just as much sex, but they’re way smarter about contraception, making them less likely to have unwanted pregnancies.

Although 15–24-year-olds represent only one-quarter of the sexually active population, they account for nearly half (9.1 million) of the 18.9 million new cases of STIs each year. That’s kind of scary, isn’t it?

Read the full story and facts at the Guttmacher Institute.

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