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High School Student Sexual Activity Declines

Monday, June 25, 2018


Sexual activity among American high school students has continued its years-long decline, according to the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and self-reported data by U.S. trends.

Highlights of 2017 Findings:

  • 39.5% reported ever having had sex, a decline from 47.8% in 2007
  • Just 9.7% said that dad four or more sexual partners, down from 14.9% in 2007
  • 53.8% used a condom during last sexual encounter, a drop from 61.5% in 2007
  • However, 15-24 year-olds account for about half of STD infections in the U.S.

Read the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the blog cross-post from CDC

CDC Data on Youth Sexual Behaviors

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