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Percentage of Teens Who Had Sex Continues to Decline
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) recent report titled, Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use and Childbearing of Teenagers Aged 15-19 in the United States shows that the percentage of male and female teens who have had sexual intercourse at least once has declined in the 25-year period between 1988 and 2013. The report uses data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) to provide trends and recent national estimates of sexual activity, contraceptive use, and childbearing among teenagers.
Key findings of the report include:
Survey Says: Hide the Birth Control
In the April edition of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy's "Survey Says," they discuss why teens choose to not use birth control. Of the teens surveyed, 68% agreed that the primary reason teens don't use birth control is because they are afraid that their parents will find out. Want to be an approachable parent? Check out Advocates for Youth's Parents' Sex Ed Center.
BUB3 - Be You. Be 3: Smart, Strong and Safe
Be You. Be 3: Smart, Strong and Safe promotes being smart - knowing your body, options and the risks of sexual behavior; being strong - standing up for yourself and how you feel; and being safe - protecting yourself from getting pregnant or getting an STI/STD.