CDC study examines sex life of teens

The New York Times reports, “The popular notion that teenagers who are not ready for intercourse are experimenting with oral sex en masse is being challenged by new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Specifically, “while slightly under half of 15- to 19-year-olds have had vaginal sex – 44 percent of boys, 47 percent of girls – only about 16 percent of girls and 15 percent of boys from that age group engaged in oral sex first, according to the data.”

USA Today reports, “The study is part of the government’s effort to monitor those at risk for sexually transmitted diseases even though they aren’t yet at risk for pregnancy if they’re only having oral sex, says Casey Copen, a demographer with the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.”

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