The survey was funded by the U. Going back tofewer than half of older teens told researchers that they are sexually active, federal data show. Nine out of 10 teenagers reported using some method of birth control the last time they had sex, compared with 83 percent of teens back in The majority of teens in the survey said that when they had sex for the first timeit was with someone with whom they were in a relationship: US sees big declines in teen sex over past 25 years July 22, Less than half of US teenagers today are sexually active, far fewer than in the late s, a US government report said Wednesday. Skip to main content.
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Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in the United States
The researchers found that 80 percent of teens reported using contraception when they had sex for the first time. Comparatively, only 11 percent of girls and 20 percent of boys said they would be pleased if that happened. Guttmacher Institute,https: The latest estimates — which are based on data gathered from to — are that 42 percent of girls and women ages 15 to 19 who have never been married have had sex, down from 51 percent inaccording to the report. Three out of four girls said they were "going steady" with their first sexual partner, and a little more than half of boys said the same. In the report, the researchers analyzed data on more than 4, teens ages 15 to 19 who were interviewed for the National Survey of Family Growth NSFG from to By comparison, only 2 percent of girls and 7 percent of boys said they lost their virginity to someone they just met.