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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- Sexual Experience and Contraceptive Use Among Female Teens — United States, 1995, 2002, and 2006–2010 (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
- Most US high school students have never had sex (MercatorNet)
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