Resource Logo
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update

UNITED STATES: More US Teens Postponing Sex: Study


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 said.

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 (2012;61(17):297-301).


Copyright © 2012 -CDC Prevention News Update, Publisher. All rights reserved to Information, Inc., Bethesda, MD. The CDC National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention provides the following information as a public service only. Providing synopses of key scientific articles and lay media reports on HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis does not constitute CDC endorsement. This daily update also includes information from CDC and other government agencies, such as background on Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) articles, fact sheets, press releases and announcements. Reproduction of this text is encouraged; however, copies may not be sold, and the CDC HIV/STD/TB Prevention News Update should be cited as the source of the information. Contact the sources of the articles abstracted below for full texts of the articles.

Information in this article was accurate in May 4, 2012. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.