The share of high school students who are sexually active has fluctuated since , ranging from 30 to 38 percent. In , Appendix 1 Among black students, however, the proportion who reported they were sexually active decreased from 59 percent in to 33 percent in The proportion of high school students who reported they had ever had vaginal sexual intercourse declined between and , from 54 to 46 percent. Between and this figure fluctuated only slightly, and then further declined to 41 percent in
What Are Sexual Norms?
Sex FAQs and statistics
What is your gender? A: Male. B: Female. What is your age? Have you ever sexted? Received one.
Sexual Activity Among Teens
As part of an ongoing program of research on risk behavior, Mark Schuster and his colleagues examined the range of adolescent sexual activity. They gathered data about the sexual behavior of adolescents in a socioeconomically diverse Los Angeles County school district, providing some of the first empirical information about the sexual practices of a population-based sample of high-school-aged virgins. The researchers also used this information to evaluate how a condom availability program affected adolescents' attitudes and behavior. Questions covered demographics, sexual behavior, condom use, and nonsexual risk behaviors such as smoking and drinking.
Many young people engage in sexual risk behaviors and experiences that can result in unintended health outcomes. Sexual risk behaviors place youth at risk for HIV infection , other sexually transmitted diseases STDs , and unintended pregnancy :. Half of the 20 million new STDs reported each year were among young people aged 15 to 24 3. Nearly , babies were born to teen girls aged 15—19 years in