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    Oral Sex Common Among U.S. Teens

    CDC Survey Collects Data on Sex Lives of Young Americans
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    Sept. 15, 2005 -- Many teens have had oral sex, and a lot of adults who've had sex with someone of the same sex don't consider themselves homosexual, according to the CDC.

    A CDC survey collected data on the sexual experiences of Americans aged 15-44. More than 12,500 people were interviewed in person for the survey in 2002.

    Oral Sex Common Among Teens

    Nearly half of 15- to 17-year-old males and females reported no sexual contact with another person. Most of their sexually active peers had had vaginal sex. Oral sex was also common.

    More than a third of males aged 15-17 reported having had vaginal sex. In addition, 28% reported giving oral sex to a female and 40% reported receiving oral sex from a female.

    For men aged 18 to 19, two-thirds reported having vaginal sex. About half report giving oral sex to a woman, and two-thirds report receiving oral sex from a woman.

    Among females aged 15-17, 39% report having had vaginal sex, 30% report giving oral sex to a male, and 38% report receiving oral sex from a male. By age 18-21, the percentage of women who had had vaginal sex was similar to those who had had oral sex.

    Some teens reported having oral sex but not vaginal sex (13% of males and 11% of females aged 15-17).

    Those figures were much lower -- about 3% -- for men and women in their early 20s. By then, most men and women have had vaginal sex, the CDC notes.

    Same-Sex Partners for Teens

    Some teens have sex with both males and females, the survey shows.

    Nearly 6% of female teens reported having had both male and female sex partners in the last year. So did about 1% of male teens.

    The wording of the questions asked of males may partly explain those differences, according to the CDC. The survey also shows that fewer older women reported having male and female partners in the last year.

    Findings for Men

    Most men (63%) report having one female sexual partner in the past year. But 18% reported having sex with two or more women in the past year.

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