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    Young Waiting Longer for First Sexual Activity

    Study Shows More Than 25% of Teens and Young Adults Have Not Had Sex
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    WebMD Health News
    Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

    March 3, 2011 -- Young men and women may be waiting longer before having their first sexual experiences than they did just a few years ago, a new CDC study indicates.

    According to a study based on 13,500 interviews with men and women, more than 25% in the 15-24 age range say they have never had any sexual contact with another person.

    The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics says that 27% of males and 29% of females said during the 2006-2008 period that they had never had sexual contact with another person.

    That is up from 22% of males and females in the same age group who gave that answer in 2002.

    Other key findings of the report:

    • More than half of young people between ages 15 and 24 say they engaged in oral sex before ever having vaginal intercourse.
    • 57% of white youths ages 15 to 24 said they had engaged in oral sex before vaginal intercourse, compared to 39% of African-American or Hispanic young people.
    • 94% of women and 96% of men identify themselves as heterosexual or straight, and 1.1% of women and 1.7% of men identify as gay.
    • The percentage of women who report they are bisexual was more than three times as high as men: 3.5% for women compared to 1.1% for men.
    • Women ages 15 to 44 are more than twice as likely to have had a same-sex experience as men. About 12.5% of women and 5.2% of men reported a same-sex experience in the 2006-2008 period.
    • Women who have had four or more male sex partners also are more likely to have had a female sex partner, compared with women who have had no male partners or women who have had only one male partner.
    • 98% of females and 97% of males report in the 2006-2008 period that they had engaged in vaginal intercourse.
    • 89% of females and 90% of males report having had oral sex with a partner of the opposite sex, and 36% of females and 44% of males report having had anal sex with the opposite sex.
    • Among teens ages 15 to 19, some 7% of females and 9% of males say they have had oral sex with an opposite-sex partner but no vaginal intercourse.

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