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The number of teens who report having sex is down

But so is condom use among high school students who are sexually active

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7:04pm, June 14, 2018
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TEEN HEALTH  The latest national survey on teen health behaviors finds that fewer teens are having sex than at any time since 1991, the first year the survey was conducted. But condom use has recently gone down, putting more teens at risk for sexually transmitted infections.

Fewer teens are having sex than at any point since 1991, a national survey of U.S. high school students finds. But among those students who are sexually active, fewer are using condoms, raising the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections.

About 40 percent of teens surveyed in 2017 reported having ever had sex. That’s down from about 54 percent in 1991, the first year the survey was conducted. Of the roughly 29 percent of students who are currently sexually active — defined as having had sexual intercourse with at least one person in the three months before the survey — nearly 54 percent reported that either they or their partner used a condom the last time they had had sex. Ten years ago, about 61 percent of teens reported condom use.

Cora Breuner, a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says that pediatricians have

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