Teen Sex Statistics

Very often teens are sent the message that the main reason to stay abstinent is to avoid teen pregnancy. This is a good reason not to have sex but parents leave out the crucial discussion of sexually transmitted diseases along with all of the emotional issues surrounding sexual interaction.

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has published the following statistics on teens and sex:
  • In a study in 2007, 48% of high school students had had sexual intercourse and 15% said they had four or more partners in their lifetimes.
  • 39% of teens that are currently sexually active did not use the safety precaution of a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse.
  • In 2002, 11% of teens ages 15 to 19 had participated in anal sex with a person of the opposite sex. 55% of boys and 54% of girls ages 15-19 had engaged in oral sex with someone of the opposite sex.
  • 2006 – approximately 5,259 teens ages 13-24 in 33 states reporting to the CDC were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. This means 14% of all people diagnosed each year are between 13 and 24 years of age.
  • Every single year, about 19 million new STD infections are diagnosed and about half of those are in youth ages 15 to 24 years of age.
  • Back in 2002 12% of all pregnancies were in teens ages 15 to 19. This is about 757,000 teen pregnancies in one year.
The CDC makes it very clear that when teens engage in risky behaviors like drinking and doing drugs are more likely to engage in unprotected sex while they are under the influence of such things.
Abstinence from all types of intercourse (anal, vaginal and oral) is the only 100% effective way to prevent the spread of diseases as well as avoiding pregnancy. No other method is as effective. When males use latex condoms properly they reduce their risk of disease. It is clear that HIV/STD prevention education should be an ongoing discussion between parents and their children. The CDC recommends encouraging abstinence but making sure that youth are educated on how to protect themselves.