Agence France Presse (05.03.12) - Friday, May 04, 2012
The proportion of US female teens who have not had sex has
grown since 1995, according to a new CDC report. In addition,
more young women who are sexually active are using highly
effective contraceptive methods.
During 2006-10, 57 percent of females ages 15-19 had never had
vaginal intercourse, up from 49 percent in 1995, data from the
National Survey of Family Growth show. In addition, "The
proportion of female teens who never have had sex is now
comparable across racial/ethnic groups," noted the report.
Nearly 60 percent of sexually active young women reported
using a highly effective contraceptive method in 2006-10, an
increase from 47 percent in 1995. However, use differed by
race/ethnicity, with higher rates reported by whites (66
percent) than Hispanics (54 percent) and blacks (46 percent).
Condoms, considered moderately effective contraception when
used alone, were second in popularity, but their use has
steadily trended down since 1995. In 2006-10, "only about half
(49 percent) of female teens who used a condom for
contraception reported consistent use in the past month," CDC
Though the US teen birth rate has fallen since 1990, it
remains higher than in other developed countries. To reduce
teen pregnancy further, communities can provide sex education
and connect teens to reproductive health services, CDC said.
The study, "Sexual Experience and Contraceptive Use Among
Female Teens - United States, 1995, 2002, and 2006-2010," was
published in CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report