Teens Are Abstaining From Sex Than in the 90s
school students are having less sex and fewer sexual partners today
than in the early 90s.
released a study on Wednesday, citing that in 2007 less than 48
percent of high school students had ever engaged in sexual
intercourse, compared to 1991 when over 54 percent of students
were no longer virgins. The same study also shows that while
African American students saw a decrease in sexual intercourse
from 82 percent in 1991 to 66 percent in 2007, and white
students saw a decrease from 50 percent to 44 percent over the
past 16 years, Hispanic students saw only a 1 percent decrease
(from 53 percent to 52 percent).
There seems to be a correlation between the lack of change in
Hispanic student sex rates and HIV/AIDS education. In 1991, 82
percent of Hispanic high school students were educated about
HIV/AIDS, and in 2007 that number had only risen to 85 percent.
Comparatively, African American high school studentsí HIV/AIDS
education rose from 84 percent in 1991, to 90 percent in 2007,
and white students saw an increase from 83 percent to 91
Additionally, those students
who are having sexual intercourse are having a decreased number
of sexual partners then they did in 1991 when19 percent of high
school students admitted to having four or more sexual partners,
compared to 2007, when that number dropped to 15 percent,
according to the
2007 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).
Of those students not practicing abstinence 62
said they used a condom during their last sexual
encounter, compared to only 46
Nation′s High School Students Showing Overall Improvements in
2007 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey,