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Promiscuity declines among US high school students

May 11, 2012

The teen birth rate in the United States has reached its lowest point in seven decades, in part because of declining promiscuity among high schools students, according to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

“In 2010, the US teen birth rate declined to the lowest level in seven decades of reporting and reached record lows for teens of all racial/ethnic and age groups,” the report stated. “Declines since 1995 likely reflect significant increases in the proportion of female teens who were abstinent, and among sexually experienced female teens, increases in the proportion using highly effective contraception.”

“The good news is that the dramatic drop in pregnancies is related first and foremost to increased sexual abstinence among teens,” notes Carolyn Moynihan in a MercatorNet analysis.


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - May. 11, 2012 2:42 PM ET USA

    The key word, of course, is "vaginal." Very young teens often resort to "alternate" sexual behaviors to avoid pregnancy. These are at least as dangerous as vaginal sex.