Teens Still Having Risky Sex According to CDC

Leslie Carol Botha: Wow РCDC is slamming unmarried women and teens over risky sex and unintended pregnancies.  Where are the men in this conversation? Am wondering which Pharma company sponsored this study. The ones who want every teen to get the HPV vaccines, Gardasil or Cervarix Рor the ones who want to inject or implant synthetic hormones into every teen girl Рeven if she is not having sex.

CDC: Little Change in Risky Teen Sex
Less Racial Disparity, Little Progress in Safer Teen Sex

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July 24, 2012 — Progress in getting teens to have safer sex largely has stalled over the last decade, a new CDC study suggests.

Nearly half of high school students (47%) have had sex, according to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). That’s almost the same percentage reported in the 2001 survey — 46%.

That means the decline in sexually active teens seen in the 1990s — from a 1991 high of 54% — is now stalled. So are other markers of safer sex (or abstinence) among teens:

  • 34% of high school students had sex in the preceding three months. There’s been little decline since the 1990s saw a slight decline from 38% in 1991.
  • 15% of high school students had four or more sex partners, stable since 14% in 1991 but not as high as the 19% seen in 1991.
  • 60% of high school students used a condom the last time they had sex.

“We have to step back and think about the lack of urgency about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S.,” Kevin Fenton, MD, director of the CDC’s AIDS center, said at the International AIDS Conference. “Fewer Americans say HIV is a health concern. This influences the vigor and commitment that schools and communities have in providing sexual health information to children. … We have to generate a new sense of urgency. Part of that will be getting back on track reducing HIV behavior in young people.”

One bright point in the study findings is that the sexual risk behaviors of African-American teens are dropping to levels similar to those of white and Hispanic teens. In fact, African-American teens are even more likely than other teens to use condoms.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.