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How American teens view sex
October 12th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

How American teens view sex

Teenagers do not fear warts and bodily havoc caused by sexually transmitted diseases.  The ones who abstain from sex are more worried about the wrath of God.

A report by the National Center for Health Statistics that surveyed 4,662 teenagers, asked those who abstained why they had chosen not to have sex. The top reason for both males and females between the age of 15 and 19, was that sexual intercourse was “against religion or morals.”  They were least likely to be concerned about STDs.

The report on teenage sexual activities released Wednesday found that the rate of teenagers having sex has declined slightly from the last report released in 2002, but this change was not substantial.  It follows an overall trend of decline in teenage sex in the last 20 years.

The data came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national survey.

“This study helps inform public health and to try to understand the factors behind teen pregnancy rates and birth rates,” said lead author, Gladys Martinez, a statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics.  

The report also found increases in male teens using condoms and females using injectable birth control such as Depo-Provera,  contraceptive patches at the time of their first sexual intercourse.

Here are 10 of the study’s findings by the numbers:

39.1  -  U.S. birth rate for females ages 15 to 19 in 2009. 

The birth rate of 39.1 births per 1,000 females is a historic low for the United States, which had teenage birth rates as high as 53 in 1988.  But the report points out that the teen birth rate has fluctuated in the last two decades.

The U.S. teenage birth rate remains fairly high compared with Canada, which had 14 teenage births per 1,000, Germany at 10 and Italy at 7.

43%  – female in the 15-19 range who’ve never been married, who have had sexual intercourse at least once

This percent was based on 2,284 females surveyed for the report – the largest sample ever interviewed for this type of report.

“Overall, in the 20-year period from 1988 through 2006–2010, the percentage of teenaged females who were sexually experienced declined significantly (from 51% in 1988 to 43% in 2006–2010),” according to the report.

Historically, black female teenagers were more likely to be sexually experienced than Latinos and whites.  The rate of sexual experience was 57% for black teenagers in 2002, but has now dropped to 46%.

Because of that decrease, “now we don’t see a racial difference” among female teenagers, said Martinez.

42% –  males 15-19, who’ve never been married, who have had sexual intercourse at least once

This percent was based on 2,378 males surveyed.

Unlike the females, the racial differences in teenage sexual experiences are still present.

“Black teenagers had significantly higher percentages sexually active (38%) compared with both Hispanic (30%) and non-Hispanic white (25%) teenagers,” according to the report.


41%
- female teenagers who say they abstained because of religious or moral reasons

For males, 31% of them cited this reason. The second most common reason for males was that they hadn’t “found the right person yet,” followed by the fear of getting a girl pregnant.

For females, their second most common answer was that they didn’t want to get pregnant followed by not having found the right person yet.

50 - percentage of total  U.S. STD cases that occur in the 15-24 age group

While teenagers and young adults in this age group represent only about a quarter of the population, they comprise 50% of all new STD cases.

Females between the ages of 15  and 19 have the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea.


53- 54% -
the percent of teenagers who've had sex and come from single-parent home

“If the teenagers have been raised with both parents, they’re less likely to have sex,” Martinez said.

The data have shown for years that teenage sexual activity differs between family structures.  Teens raised in families with two parents are 35% more likely to have sex during ages 15 to 19.


18% - girls who had their first sexual intercourse under the age of 14 who didn’t want it to happen

At the same time, 30% of the teens who had sex before they turned 14, said they wanted the intercourse to happen. The remainder reported mixed feelings.


78% -
 female teenagers who used a contraceptive during their first sexual experience

These methods include condoms, hormonal pills, emergency contraception and patches. The most common method was condoms at 68% followed by the pill at 16%.

For male teenagers, 85% reported using contraception at their first intercourse, also with condoms as the most popular method.


86%
 – female teenagers who used contraceptive during their most recent sexual intercourse

The most popular contraceptive remained the condom, followed by the pill and other hormonal methods.  For males, 93% reported using contraceptives during their most recent intercourse.


soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Sugartaste81

    Yes, I totally believe only 42% of teen males and 43% of teen girls have lost their virginity by 19. Absolutely NO CHANCE these kids are lying..nope.

    October 12, 2011 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pat

      At least they're using condoms (for the most part). Get busy if you must, but be smart about it!

      October 12, 2011 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      They're lied to until they believe that there is a deity in the sky that will condemn them for making love. Why wouldn't they lie right back to the face that lie to them.

      October 12, 2011 at 16:35 | Report abuse |
    • CSnord

      That is not what the statistic said. It said that 43% of girls between the ages of 15 and 19 had had s3x. That is not going to be distributed evenly across the age ranges. The percentage of 15 year-olds is probably about 15% and the percentage of 19 year olds is probably more like 65%. But, on average, it is 43%.

      October 12, 2011 at 16:58 | Report abuse |
    • JamesJones

      I know. That seems low to me too.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:31 | Report abuse |
    • joe08

      because we wouldn't want to challenge your preconceived notions.

      October 12, 2011 at 18:00 | Report abuse |
    • James

      Not everyone in this world is "Chuck Harris, Quarterback with golden hair & blue eyes". Most people in this world are fat or ugly.

      October 12, 2011 at 18:16 | Report abuse |
    • Boogie Woogie

      Um..I don't mean to bust ur bubble (well, actually, i do), but these results are preeetty valid. The NCHS (governmental statistics reporting agency) is known for their epidemiological accuracy. Plus, given this super huge sample size, the generalizability (or fair representation of the American population) of this study is solid. (And yeah it's self report, but it was self report in 1988 when stats were high). Less S3x=Less STDS! Woo Hoo!

      October 12, 2011 at 18:45 | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      The reason this is unbelievable is because its insane to think 2400 people represent the entire population of the United States. What a crock of statistics. Statistics is a wonderful area of math when used responsibly. Got to compare apples to apples people. I bet every person surveyed came from the same area of the country. Get back to me when you sample say a million people spread all over the United States.

      October 12, 2011 at 20:14 | Report abuse |
    • Peasand Carrots

      I think it's true that ppl arent having as much s.ex. Because my freshman year in undergrad, all the girls on my floor were virgins except maybe 5 or so out of about 20 girls. And this was towards the end of the year.

      October 12, 2011 at 22:25 | Report abuse |
    • Math doesn't lie...

      "The reason this is unbelievable is because its insane to think 2400 people represent the entire population of the United States. What a crock of statistics. Statistics is a wonderful area of math when used responsibly. Got to compare apples to apples people. I bet every person surveyed came from the same area of the country. Get back to me when you sample say a million people spread all over the United States."

      Sorry to bust your bubble, but a sample size of 2,400 is WAY more than enough to get an accurate sample of the general U.S. population if correctly randomized. Then there's the fact they actually sampled 4,662 people. The margin of error in their poll is under 1.5%.

      October 13, 2011 at 12:36 | Report abuse |
    • teresa

      ADULT STEM CELLS CURE'S AIDS / HIV and A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS BUT WHY????? IS AMERICA BEING HELD BACK FROM THE MAJOR LEAP IN MEDICINE DOES AMERICA WANT TOO KILL YOU ??????? OTHER COUNTRIES MAKING MAJOR LEAPS INTO MEDICINE BUT AMERICA IS STILL IN THE STONE AGE WHY????? WHO BENEFITS THE FDA BIG CORPORATIONS .......???

      October 17, 2011 at 22:50 | Report abuse |
  2. Tripp

    You still cant say $3x on CNN. Unbeleivable.

    October 12, 2011 at 13:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. JPAN

    Doesn't matter had s3x

    October 12, 2011 at 14:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • glenn

      if i had to describe the feeling it was the best!

      October 12, 2011 at 15:11 | Report abuse |
    • Bill the Cat

      So your future spouse wasn't worth you waiting for them... gotcha.

      October 12, 2011 at 16:38 | Report abuse |
    • Righton

      Bill, why should I wait? It would be like going to one restaurant your whole life. Would you do that? No, you'd want to sample some before saying "That's the one."

      Also, It's not like butterflies, fireworks and bright lights go off when you're done. For me, I kind of wiggled around while the dead fish, I mean my ex-girfriend, layed there and it was done way too quickly.

      October 12, 2011 at 16:50 | Report abuse |
    • Tonelok

      I owe it to my future spouse to be good at s3x. Waiting is like going to the suprebowl and having never praticed.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
    • Zeus

      Having s3x can make a nice man out of the meanest

      October 12, 2011 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • max

      never guess where I just came from, i had s3x... bill dont be sucha old person theyre called lyrics now

      October 12, 2011 at 18:17 | Report abuse |
    • bcarpe

      @Righton
      You're comparing choice of whom to have $3x with to where to eat? Whom to share the most intimate physical contact with to how to fill your belly?

      Have you really just been dining around at different restaurants until you find the one that suits you best and will continue going there for the rest of your life? No, you plan on continuing to to eat at different places indefinitely? Your analogy would then imply that you don't believe in marriage, or at least not a monogamous one. Is that true?

      You make the point that you should try several different places (people) before picking the one to stay with, just so you can make an informed decision. I would claim that if you're basing your relationship decision on reasonable things (compatible values, beliefs, personality, goals), there is no need to go shopping around regarding that particular aspect.

      August 17, 2012 at 13:49 | Report abuse |
  4. reflanary

    What is sad is that kids are still being taught that i.course is immoral. There is no excuse for this, parents. You are raising your kids to have psychological issues and marital issues in the future. I.course is not immoral. Period. That is not to say it is without problems. It is simply that it is not a moral issue.

    October 12, 2011 at 15:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • AmyD

      They're not saying that intercourse is in itself immoral – but the reasons to not have intercourse during their teens (as in, before marriage) carries sinful implications.

      October 12, 2011 at 15:52 | Report abuse |
    • Bill the Cat

      A huge majority of them are too irresponsible to handle i.ntercourse. They think it makes them mature, when it is just the opposite. Se.x is one thing teenagers should not be worrying about. They have enough on their plates as it is.

      October 12, 2011 at 16:40 | Report abuse |
    • Zeus

      it's a teen pregnancy is the most scariest thing in the world because then you have to get an abortion sort of thing. but if she's on BC and you have a condom, most people feel fairly safe.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
    • heather

      No, they aren't being taught that intercourse is immoral.... I am a Christian and my child is taught that doing it OUT of wedlock is wrong, which it is. Sorry but to all of the people on here saying casual s3x is okay, enjoy your STDs.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:15 | Report abuse |
    • David

      I don't mind heterosxuals choosing to be immoral and all straight and stuff but I'm tired of them always shoving their lifestyle choices on everyone! Everyday CNN has some article on heterosxuals and their agenda!
      I know it is all about Adam and Eve bla bla bla, but come on- we all know how bad Eve screwed things up for poor Adam....

      October 12, 2011 at 17:43 | Report abuse |
    • Conner

      Haha, frickin religious zealots. How is that abstinence only working for you? Have fun sucking at *ucking when you finally do get married.

      October 12, 2011 at 18:37 | Report abuse |
    • Boogie Woogie

      Psychological Issues...??? based on what proof? I'm totally fine.

      October 12, 2011 at 18:49 | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      David, stop exaggerating. you can do watever u like. but don't shove your agenda on us by telling us right is wrong and wrong is right. you can buy the lie but we don't have to....

      October 12, 2011 at 22:05 | Report abuse |
    • amanda!

      im religious, and i dont mind people having se.x outside of marriage, but i dont do it simply because i find it to be a sign of respect for myself, and people in return respect me. my parents actually think my morals "arent worth it," but i know that they are! my best friend had to break up with her boyfriend who was drunkenly beating her, but she didnt want to because of the emotional connection she had with him since he was her first. se.x in a relationship adds a whole new emotional level, and i just dont think its worth it at my age (im 17). :)

      October 13, 2011 at 21:19 | Report abuse |
  5. Teen's Mom

    What CNN and these researchers seem to be missing is, a lot of teens do not consider oral $ex to be "having $ex." This can skew the statistics on STDs because, of course, the teens are not using any kind of barrier for this. So, what kind of statistics are there on % of teens who have oral, who don't consider it "having $ex," who contracted an STD from oral, who are more likely to have !ntercourse if they have oral, etc.

    October 12, 2011 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Zeus

      sucky sucky is fun too but it doesn't have the cardio values that other types do

      October 12, 2011 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
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      September 14, 2012 at 00:18 | Report abuse |
    • College Student

      Oral Sex and intercourse are two different things entirely, and they don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. There's a whole new emotional connection to intercourse because that could lead to conception. I believe a virgin could participate in oral sex, because, honestly, it's just an enhanced means of kissing. And, for many people I know, it takes the place of intercourse, thus preventing unplanned pregnancies. If you've found the right person, you'll discuss STDs with them before moving on to any next step.

      September 25, 2012 at 19:07 | Report abuse |
  6. BobZemko

    With the alarming increasse in obesity, who wants a fatty?

    October 12, 2011 at 16:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Righton

      Roll her in flour and find the, well, you know.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
    • Lagnaf

      Funniest Post yet!!

      October 12, 2011 at 17:25 | Report abuse |
  7. amy

    It isn't premarital s$x if you aren't getting married.

    October 12, 2011 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TCS

      How does "S3x-out-of-wedlock" sound?
      Yutz!

      October 12, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
    • heather

      It is premarital s3x if you're not married yet.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:18 | Report abuse |
  8. Wayne J

    I guess it depends on your definition of Se.x.... Remember we had Bill Clinton in the white house getting BJ's and intercourse in the oval office.....now that he is out of office and not such a terrible role model we have declining teen se.x statistics. However during the 90's we had a great economy and high teen se.x rates NOW during the Obama dictatorship we have a terrible economy and lower se.x rates. Do you see the correlation?

    October 12, 2011 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rachel

      You would think with so many people out of work that there would be alot of time for intercourse. I remember the 1990's the economy was great. Of course Clinton was not the greatest role model with all those affairs and intercourse in the White House.

      October 12, 2011 at 16:57 | Report abuse |
    • Florida Mike

      How about the statistics for pregnancy and STD among politicians?? I mean John Edwards had how many different kids with different women?? How many women was Clinton chasing around the White House???

      October 12, 2011 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
    • SayWhat

      Correlation does NOT equal Causation.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:10 | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I'm sure you thought you were being sharply cynical but you did hit on a point. Many younger people do not consider oral copulation to qualify as s e x which they see confined to acts that might lead to reproduction.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:41 | Report abuse |
    • David

      Dictatorship? Lighten up on the crack (snicker)

      October 12, 2011 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
    • bfred

      C'mon Wayne, you're not fooling anyone. Just because no one's offering to take care of business at your desk doesn't mean you wouldn't jump at the chance. Plus I'd like to see you carry on a phone conversation at the same time – that's skill.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:48 | Report abuse |
    • yuckatan

      These stats have been on a consistent downward trajectory since 1988, before Clinton. Your attempt to suggest that he was misleading youth is not supported by the facts. Please retract your false statement immediately. Thank you.

      October 12, 2011 at 20:45 | Report abuse |
  9. whitneymisja

    LOL BobKemko!

    October 12, 2011 at 16:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Obamelang

      Axel wrote :>If i were Fisy i would focus on the crimes comiettmd against the Icelandic people by the>bankers and politicians, this argument over details of the terrorist law use is silly, this whole>matter is trivial.This thread is about the parliament report which is about the financial damange to Icelandic people and companies of that law's use. ( As you know from my hundred of other posts here I do focus on other issues in the appropriate place threads for that including the ongoing investigations by our Special Prosecutor on the experts from Eva Joly did recommend. )THere is no arguiing over the details if so you have misread. What is happening is Brumley doing his best to not acknowledge what is there in front of him from 17th October 2008 and me being disappinted in that.Because really I do expect better from him given his usual facts based argumenting.

      September 11, 2012 at 04:35 | Report abuse |
  10. Tonelok

    Whether or not you believe in waiting for 'the one', religious implications or not... S3x is going to happen with teens. It is very good to hear the % that use protection now, which is all you can really hope for. The psychological implications of both repressing and permitting permiscuity can have long reaching effects on a teen. Let them be kids, find their own path, and don't judge them (We were that crazy once)

    October 12, 2011 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Andrew

    I will pray that God's children will go to church and learn the real meaning on love.

    October 12, 2011 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ScienceSoma

      From your genocidal, narcissistic, capricious, jealous, oppressive Judeo-Christian deity? Great example of love, there. I love you all so much I'm going to see to it that my "son" is violently beaten, whipped, pierced, and crucified for you! I love you so much I'm going to flood the world and kill you all (except one guy's family) so you understand it! I love you so much I'm going to see to it you burn eternally if you don't do what I say! There are battered wives in therapy and group sessions who will tell you that isn't love, but they thought so back when they believed in the one they left.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:43 | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Ah, you must mean anal s e x .

      October 12, 2011 at 17:43 | Report abuse |
    • David

      Just don't leave the kids alone with the priest, rabbi, mullah, pastor, grand poo-bah...

      October 12, 2011 at 17:46 | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      ScienceSoma, despite ur mischaracterizations of God, the truth remains. he is forever good and perfect. I love Him. David, Jesus' followers follow his commandments. you know a tree by its fruit.

      October 12, 2011 at 21:59 | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Bad things don't happen because God doesn't love us. If good only happened in the world, tell me, would you unconditionally love God? If God were to reveal himself completely, we wouldn't have a choice to love him or not. Even "sinners" love others that are good to them. It is true love to care for others when they harm you. Even so, it is not God that causes the harm in the world. We bring it on ourselves. God wants us to choose to love him, not him force us to love him. Also, you are assuming that Jesus was forced to die on the cross. He chose to take it up for us, so that we may be saved. He could have denied the accusations they put to him.

      October 13, 2011 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
    • Teri

      I fell for that garbage when I was younger. Find you a good church boy. I even married a good church boy who preached on occasion. I finally left him after 10 years of being pounded on. Because of him, I won't even take my kids to church for fear they'll be brainwashed into believing the same crap and will end up in the same situation I was in. Most abusers that I've come across – wife abusers and people who abuse their kids – were highly involved in their church. Never again.

      October 17, 2011 at 12:00 | Report abuse |
  12. Zeus

    s3x = great excersize

    October 12, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Tonelok

    @TCS
    Doesn't matter, had s3x.

    October 12, 2011 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Zeus

      "still counts!"

      October 12, 2011 at 17:07 | Report abuse |
  14. Tonelok

    Then you went to high school and he lost interest.

    October 12, 2011 at 17:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Truth

    I've been forced to practice abstinence since moving back here to America....the women here are just plain atrocious >.>
    No way in hell I'm sticking my thing in these immoral, nasty creatures.

    October 12, 2011 at 17:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael

      I understand completely.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
    • Conner

      Hot women are everywhere in this country you idiot. People who use your argument most definitely have not been laid.

      October 12, 2011 at 18:42 | Report abuse |
    • Libido

      You need to get out more and see all of the beautiful female scenery in this country. You must not be looking in the right places.

      October 13, 2011 at 12:17 | Report abuse |
  16. ChicagoRob

    my parents had the best way to ensure I was very careful growing up.
    quote from my dad'
    "you knock her up you are out of the house. You will marry her, and i don't care if you have to work at Mcdonald's you will look after any kid!"

    best way for temporary abstinance- Girlfriend is 2 weeks late for her period...yep that sure slows things down

    October 12, 2011 at 17:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. BBD

    How do American teens view s3x? Probably mostly through the internet...

    October 12, 2011 at 17:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. hahaha

    How American teens view s3x... youp0rn. c o m

    October 12, 2011 at 17:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Joey

    I'm a 16-year old. I have se.x and I do not think it makes me seem mature. I'm not religious, and when I have a bunch of adults telling me that I will be punished and that I need to pray for forgiveness, it makes me want to do it more. Just because, as a teenager, I feel the need to question authority. From the view of an American teenager, se.x is something we will have if we choose to, whether you like it or not. It happens, and if we use protection, what harm are we doing?

    October 12, 2011 at 17:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TCS

      You make a very good point Joey. I think that you are being mature in using protection. That being said, the whole "challenging authority" and wanting to do it more just to prove a point, also admitting that you are 16, make you seem just like every other 16-year-old mush-head. I just wanna smack you upside your head for being so damn stupid. Maybe it is just my age.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:38 | Report abuse |
    • Tonelok

      @TCS
      Apparently you were never 16. Everything he has said has been exactly what I would expect him to say. Smoke weed, have s3x and take on the man. Let him enjoy being 16, because lord knows when he gets done with college things will get much rougher.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:42 | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      I'm sure my parents want to smack me upside the head also. But seriously, every adult on here was a teenager at some point. You can't deny the urges you start feeling, and of course this is the rebellious stage in life. I don't think it hurts anyone, would you rather us be doing drugs and vandalizing? Because I mean, it keeps us busy. I don't do those things and I have straight A's in my classes. So, even though I'm not a virgin, does that make me a bad kid? I don't think so.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
    • jimmymax

      TCS is being condescending and Joey realizes this and immediately tunes out..

      October 12, 2011 at 18:22 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I am also a teenager and I did not realize that se.x and vandalism / drugs were the ONLY choices? I help my parents around the house, I baby sit my kid sister, and I chill out with my friends. Se.x is a topic, but not the ONLY topic. We get together, talk, play sports, have fun hanging out with each other. Maybe you should try it sometime.

      October 12, 2011 at 21:09 | Report abuse |
  20. doubtful

    I dont believe these stats for a minute....
    what a joke cnn

    October 12, 2011 at 17:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Melissa

    Wow, this pole was done by religious people. What a load of garbage.

    October 12, 2011 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      "Religious" people love taking poles....when no one is looking. So they can tell everyone how naughty it is later.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:48 | Report abuse |
    • JLS639

      You are saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a religious group?

      October 12, 2011 at 18:18 | Report abuse |
    • PZ

      I just read an article (possibly on Fox) where teenage Christian kids were NOT waiting. Those darned statistics... I grew up in church and it most definitely had no effect on whether or not I waited. It just made me more creative for schmoozing the chicas into it. Thanks Hey-soos.

      October 12, 2011 at 18:49 | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      @ JLS639 LOL!!

      October 12, 2011 at 21:46 | Report abuse |
  22. Chris

    A distinction needs to be made between (not) doing X because it violates one's religious or moral convictions and "fearing the wrath of God." I don't doubt that some people have been scared out of certain behaviors, whether by fear of eternal damnation or STDs or whatever. But religious and moral convictions are not inherently fear-based, and people can hold moral convictions (on any topic) that derive from considerations other than religion.

    October 12, 2011 at 17:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bfred

      I was thinking the same thing. Otherwise it's like saying atheists can't lead moral lives. I expect a lot of girls in particular don't feel they're emotionally ready and/or don't want to develop a reputation that is hard to shake.

      October 12, 2011 at 17:52 | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      I agree. And to add, some people don't wait just because they fear God's wrath. I waited because I love God. (mushy but true...tear).

      October 12, 2011 at 21:43 | Report abuse |
  23. David

    I don't mind heterosxuals but I'm tired of them always shoving their lifestyle choices on everyone! Everyday CNN has some article on heterosxuals and their agenda!
    I know it is all about Adam and Eve bla bla bla, but come on- we all know how bad Eve screwed things up for poor Adam....

    October 12, 2011 at 17:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joey

      poor poor Adam

      October 12, 2011 at 17:50 | Report abuse |
  24. Lanfear

    LOL they fear the wrath of GOD? Oh heaven forbid we do what is only human nature. Good riddance. Religion is stupid.

    October 12, 2011 at 17:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Thortek

    Teenage boys just want to make babies like really badly.

    October 12, 2011 at 17:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. john macrive

    some one posted if casual s3x is ok then enjoy your stds, how is it then is you get married the stds magicaly go away. they dont just cuz youre married to the person doesnt make s3x any safer.

    October 12, 2011 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Matt

      Two people without STDS won't infect each other dummy

      October 12, 2011 at 18:24 | Report abuse |
    • Walter Weinzinger

      If you assume that their will be no fidelity in the marriage, then, true, you haven't lowered the risk. But if you and your spouse have both waited until marriage and then are only intimate with each other for the rest of your lives, you've lowered your chances of ever contracting an STD to just about zero (especially now that society is much more aware of risks than we were a few decades ago (like transfusions, needle-sharing, dentists tools, etc.). And yes, there are still people like that out there! How many STDs could we wipe from the face of the planet if everybody lived their lives that way?!? Of course it won't happen, but it is possible to lower one's personal risk to close to 0%.

      October 12, 2011 at 18:47 | Report abuse |
    • Walter Weinzinger

      Sorry. Please disregard the 'their'/'there' typo. That's embarrassing!

      October 12, 2011 at 18:49 | Report abuse |
    • Capri

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  27. R

    As long as they are using proper protection. Nothing wrong in that.

    October 12, 2011 at 17:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Jamie

    "have not found the right person yet" aka haven't been able to get laid yet!

    October 12, 2011 at 17:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Matt

    I cannot understand why people think it is inevitable that teens will sleep around. I didn't. My sister didn't. I knew a lot of people who didn't. Then again they were all strong Christians. Also none of the factors on the survey would fit my reasons. I didn't do it because I believe it makes a marriage more healthy and it is beneficial to society as a whole. I don't want guys sleeping with my girl; why would I sleep with other guys eventual wife? It is like everyone sharing the same drink.

    October 12, 2011 at 18:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • KB

      Are you saying if your wife dies young, you would remain celibate for the rest of your life? After all, you would no longer be a virgin, so someone would have to drink from the same cup as your deceased wife.

      October 12, 2011 at 18:36 | Report abuse |
    • Tess

      I completely agree with you Matt. I'm eighteen and I understand a teenager's urges, but it is possible to wait. I want my future husband to save himself for me, just like I am for him. We both deserve that. It's selfish not to do that for your future spouse. Someone who truly cares about you isn't going to be upset that you are inexperienced. Who better to learn with than your husband or wife? I hope there are guys my age out there (more than there seem to be, anyway) who think like you do.

      October 12, 2011 at 19:53 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Very smart writeup. I could not agree more. I am also a teenager and I know several kids that had casual se.x, but I try to distance myself from them and engage in various activities. I happen to think that waiting for that special someone is very important, but the media has made this topic so hot that most kids my age only want to talk about se.x or have se.x. It is very disturbing.

      October 12, 2011 at 21:15 | Report abuse |
  30. Boogie Woogie

    I like how these anti-God critics are in favor of lust hungry teenagers. Tell me, when was the last time abstinence caused harmful abortions that end with 50% cervical cancer incidence rates, unwanted pregnancies, STD's, HIV/AIDS, HPV, higher school dropout rates, broken hearts and abused egos. The solution of abstinence isn't so bad...don't knock it til u try it :) To all u teenies saving yourselves...keep up the good work! I made it, so can u.

    October 12, 2011 at 18:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sammy

      You're so right. That's exactly why states with abstinence-only education have the highest teen pregnancy rates!

      October 12, 2011 at 18:48 | Report abuse |
    • Boogie Woogie

      Thanks, I know I am. I'd very much like to know where you're getting your stats from...because reports have generally shown no difference in s3x ed program types (and for credibility, don't give me watered down studies or baseless blog reports). Also, I'd like to point out (just from a statistically correct point of view) correlation does not equal causality. Lastly, please note that just because people reject abstinence (no matter how high the amount) the reality of its benefits are not negated.

      October 12, 2011 at 19:14 | Report abuse |
    • KB

      Here you go: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6013a5.htm?s_cid=mm6013a5_w

      October 12, 2011 at 19:29 | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      So the study link provided actually does not show anything about abstinence programs having a worse effect on pregnancy rates...it doesn't say anything about abstinence at all. It dosen't matter anyway. Abstinence works...

      October 12, 2011 at 21:22 | Report abuse |
  31. Sammy

    I'm 17 and haven't had s3x yet. It's just that I'm recovering from an ED and am way too negative about my body to be comfortable with getting undressed in front of someone. There is a guy I love to bits and I know he finds me attractive, but I want to do it when I'm comfortable with it, since it's too early at this point and wouldn't be enjoyable for either of us. He completely understands and has never once pressured me into anything.

    My parents told that if I ever want to start having s3x, I need to go to them so they can get me on birth control, take me to the doctor when needed, and generally make sure that I'm safe. I was raised to know that s3x is a completely normal and human thing, and that as long as you are using protection and not doing it with total jerks, it doesn't harm anybody.

    Teens are going to have s3x just like they've been doing since the dawn of time. Teaching them to be abstinent and demonizing it like it's some sort of ultimate sin is actually counterproductive, which is obvious when you look at teen pregnancy statistics. The most religious states are the ones with the most pregnant teenagers and a strict abstinence-only "education."

    October 12, 2011 at 18:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • KB

      Oh, looks like you beat me to it. Great minds think alike. I was actually responding to your post from Boogie Woogie- not sure how it ended up at the bottom.

      October 12, 2011 at 19:00 | Report abuse |
    • Ladine Braston

      Demonizing s#x? No honey. I think you have the "religious" perspective wrong. Understand that s#x is more than just getting the "right one". When u were a kid, you didn't think the way at 8 like you thought at 10 or like at 14 til now. I guarantee you, you will not think the same way when you're 30 as you do now. For this reason, it's important to know that what happens during s#x is not just magical fireworks like you see in hollywood movies. You have your emotions, mind (psyche), and physical body connecting with the same of another human being. All the feelings you share will change as you and your partner change. That's why a monogomous relationship is so valuable. S#x is meant for that one love connection that's supposed to last a life time. Yes s#x is natural, normal, and good...but it was always created to be done in right order.

      October 12, 2011 at 19:25 | Report abuse |
    • KB

      Funny Ladine, I'm 30 right now, and I think she makes a lot more sense than you. But I guess critical thinking and reasoning skills are underrated.

      October 12, 2011 at 19:34 | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      Actually, I like Ladine's answer.

      October 12, 2011 at 21:26 | Report abuse |
  32. KB

    @Sammy- +1. Abstinence-only education may be great in theory, but doesn't work in reality. Funny thing is- those abstinence-only states with the highest rate of teen pregnancy- most are in the Bible belt.

    October 12, 2011 at 18:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sammy

      Abstinence sounds awesome on paper. The thing is that it doesn't take into account that teenagers have urges, won't work for everyone, and the "education" that focuses on abstinence never teaches anything about protection.

      Probably the worst part is that, in many cases, the abstinence-only education being taught relies on scaring the kid into not having s3x. Telling you that you'll go to Hell, that you'll definitely get pregnant, etc. My middle school in Florida had s3x ed that consisted of showing you disgusting pictures of STDs and telling you that this is your fate if you do it. So, once a teen hears her friend talking about her first time and sees that she hasn't dropped dead from , that girl automatically passes off anything else taught as false.

      I wonder when we're going to realize that even kids have BS detectors.

      October 12, 2011 at 19:07 | Report abuse |
    • Sammy

      *Hasn't dropped dead from an STD

      That was weird. That part of my comment vanished.

      And thanks for your replies. :3

      October 12, 2011 at 20:39 | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      @KB...abstinence doesn't work? it works in theory and in practice. the problem is the media runing $ex filled programs "programming" kids with temptation at 100 miles an hour. Gimmie a break! you see that there is a decrease in kids having $ex anyways. otherwise u woudn't b trying to respond to me on this blog!

      October 12, 2011 at 21:36 | Report abuse |
    • KB

      I never said abstinence doesn't work. I said abstinence-only education sounds good in theory, but is not realistc, as evidenced by the large number of teen pregnancies this country deals with each year. Abstinence works perfectly- for those people who are abstinent.

      October 12, 2011 at 22:08 | Report abuse |
  33. Mikola

    I am a little surprised that so many feel the results of the testing are flawed. The size of the sample is significant so there is some likelyhood of validity.

    However, it would probably be good to find out from where the samples were taken. In all likelihood the educated, religious and affluent sections of our society are not any where close to the figures presented here. The poor and uneducated suffer the most. In their case the figures are probably much higher. In the same way the figures are probably much lower for the educated, religious and affluent.

    October 12, 2011 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Mikola

    likelihood

    October 12, 2011 at 19:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. bobcat2u

    The best education young people can get about the pros and cons of "personal" relationships is from their parents. Quit demonizing the act of self gratfication. Teens, don't be afraid to talk to your parents about these issues. These urges are natural and if most parents would be honest, they would admit that they too did bumpty bump.

    October 12, 2011 at 19:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bobcat2u

      P.S. I know when you are in your teens, you think your parents know nothing about anything. Try listening to them. You might just find out they're pretty smart people.

      October 12, 2011 at 19:26 | Report abuse |
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  37. Physics Man

    I think CNN misunderstood the wrath of god part. They don't want babies, nothing is more scary. As far as religion for the new generations goes, atheism is the predominant trend among the young.

    October 12, 2011 at 19:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Jen

    I am in the medical field and have been showing my pre-teen daughter pictures of genitalia with STD's. She has informed me that that is FAR scarier than pregnancy. I have another daughter behind her, and I will be continuing this practice. I have a feeling these kids raised in religious households are NOT being taught the full scope of STD's.

    October 12, 2011 at 20:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. lastanka

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    October 12, 2011 at 20:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. RM

    There's a typo in here somewhere. How can there be 38% black, 30% hispanic, and 25% white males 15-19 having intercourse but the total comes out to 42% of all 15-19 year olds?

    October 12, 2011 at 20:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. The pope

    Less sx??????????? nononononono.........More lying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2011 at 20:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Peasand Carrots

      What??

      October 12, 2011 at 22:28 | Report abuse |
  42. Colin

    I have an idea!
    People who want to have s3x can, and people who don't, don't.
    It's no use saying "Oh I'm right, listen to me."
    People are always going to have opposite views.
    Just because you think you are right, doesn't mean you are. It just means you know whats right for you

    October 13, 2011 at 08:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Planter

    If someone doesn't get laid by their mid to late twenties, especially men, they won't be saving anything for anybody. My brother is a 38 year old virgin, and surprisingly parallel to Steve Carell's 40 year old virgin.

    October 13, 2011 at 12:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Ry

    I guess I can believe these stats. Let's see, I lost my virginity when I was 17 (waited for the one, aka awkward around girls), so we have 15 – no s3x, 16 – no s3x, 17 – depends on when asked, 18 – s3x, 19 – s3x. I would have fallen in the age range, but it is still only 40 – 60%. We need a new measure, polling adults of the same age who could care less about who knew when they started having s3x and realize s3x means an insertion with a specific apparatus into a specific orifice. How many had s3x between the ages of 15 and 19? This is the stat we are mislead to believe this study is reporting anyways which would obviously be much higher.

    October 13, 2011 at 13:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Teri

      I was 18. But, I had my own place, own car and a job. So, I didn't feel like I was sneaking around behind my parents back. I'm surprised they've lumped 18/19 years old into a survey with 15 year olds. Maybe it's a generational thing, but back when I was a teen, there was a HUGE difference in maturity level between a 15 year old and an 18 year old.

      October 17, 2011 at 12:09 | Report abuse |
  45. Teri

    I didn't fear the wrath of God or disease. I feared my dad.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • pahskadottk

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  46. teresa

    ADULT STEM CELLS CURE'S AIDS / HIV and A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS BUT WHY????? IS AMERICA BEING HELD BACK FROM THE MAJOR LEAP IN MEDICINE DOES AMERICA WANT TOO KILL YOU ??????? OTHER COUNTRIES MAKING MAJOR LEAPS INTO MEDICINE BUT AMERICA IS STILL IN THE STONE AGE WHY????? WHO BENEFITS THE FDA BIG CORPORATIONS .......?

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  47. Epic

    Well, teens are getting fatter and uglier, so it is probable that rates of teen s3x have declined visibly.

    October 20, 2011 at 10:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. pahskadottk

    the mean..the median.... some people shouldve learned 5th grade math instead of sexy time

    August 17, 2012 at 16:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Ivyl48

    a survey of 2,300 or so girls?? Thats like going to 3 big high schools. These statistics are as informative and believable as the stories in the Daily Newspaper. Like my dad always told me, "I was 17 once, there's no fooling me." Our society accepts sex because nowadays we are forced to accept everybody's feelings. And we only mask it with contraceptives because we accept the fact that a large portion of the population has no idea what RESPONSIBILITY means. There's no tradition, there's no right from wrong. The only thing we frown upon is death because it is sad and extremely unfortunate. Except for abortion of course, that's just another way for us to not take RESPONSIBILITY for our actions. Abortion should be for rape victims only but that's obviously never going to happen. FREEDOM! Call me ignorant, call me old school, some say I don't have a heart. I have a big heart. When I pass, I will know that I did everything I could to take care of my loved ones, friends, and my enemies. That is because my parents raised to be this way...and I love it.

    August 18, 2012 at 13:52 | Report abuse | Reply
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