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November 1st, 2010
05:35 PM ET

Oral sex leads to other sex for teens

Oral sex is often a precursor to teenagers having intercourse, concludes a new study published in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. The study asked more than 600 high school students in California to report on their sexual experiences by filling out surveys twice a year, from the beginning of ninth grade, in 2002, to the end of 11th grade, in 2005.

From the questions asked on the survey, and the six-month window in between each one, researchers learned that most adolescents have their first experiences with oral sex and vaginal intercourse in the same six-month period. They could not extrapolate which experience came first but discovered that among teens who initiated only one of the two types of sex during that six-month window, oral sex usually preceded vaginal intercourse. Additionally, having oral sex once made intercourse more likely to occur. Specifically, initiating oral sex by the end of their freshman year in high school gave teens a 25 percent chance of initiating vaginal sex around the same time and a 50 percent chance of initiating intercourse by the end of their junior year. The results of the study did not vary across any racial, ethnic or gender boundaries.

The goal of the study was to establish the relationship between oral and vaginal sex and whether teens used oral sex as a means of delaying intercourse or if oral sex increased the likelihood of having vaginal sex. The study found the latter to be true, partly because most adolescents don't consider oral sex to be sex in the first place.

"We don't talk about the risks that are inherent in oral sex," says Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Ph.D, senior author of the study and a professor of pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco. "Teens think oral sex is less risky [than intercourse] and they're right, it's not risk free but it is less risky. But socially and emotionally, they're still being intimate."

Halpern-Felsher believes teenagers are most likely to initiate oral and vaginal sex during their first two years of high school. She advises concerned parents to talk to their teens about oral sex and not focus solely on the risks associated with intercourse.

"We have a disadvantage as health professionals and parents when teens do not equate oral sex with sex," says Halpern-Felher. "They think the messages don't apply to them and we need to make it apply to them, we need to talk to them about oral sex."


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  1. bettie

    And the "researchers" seriously believe what teenagers say in a private survey about their own sex lives? Give me a break.

    The accuracy of this teen survey is as bad as the Kinsey self-reporting surveys of the sexual habits of supposed "bisexual" men in the 1950s.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. jess

    To those saying that this was already terribly obvious, you must not have been following the last couple years of news articles where they were claiming that kids were using oral in lieu of penetration...because they didn't consider it sex and you couldn't get pregnant. Though I'm sure some were doing that, I don't think it was ever the majority. Anyway, that's why they came out with this study....to prove they were wrong before.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Miguel

      I'm fully aware of the context you're referencing. The ludicrous nature of the conclusion–that snacking tends to precede eating in earnest–remains laughable. Sorry.

      November 1, 2010 at 21:16 | Report abuse |
  3. Parent of two

    Sex? Teenagers? Babies by teens? What's the problem? You can still get rich and famous on Dancing With The Stars or pretending to run for Governor of Alaska. Better get it now before you need Cialis or Viagra or the other drugs they are constantly pushing on TV. There's no cash to be made with abstinence. Teens look to role models and unfortunately there are no good ones. Parents can only do so much.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Yup.

    It leads to other sex for adults, too. In my edition of "The Joy of Sex," I believe it's in the section on foreplay.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. NoSuchThingAsAnOpinion

    Can you outthink me? http://nosuchthingasanopinion.weebly.com/1/category/god/1.html

    November 1, 2010 at 21:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. VeeZee

    Pics or it didn't happen!

    November 1, 2010 at 21:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Baba Elf

    WAY TO GO 'TALLBLONDES' YOU POSTED NOV 1, AT 19:41. EVERYBODY SCROLL BACK AND RE- READ THAT POST....

    November 1, 2010 at 21:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. AW

    Yet another example of bad science. Sure the study is valid in that it collected accurate data legitimately, but the conclusion drawn is an assumption... all this study shows is that during high school, there is a correlation between experimenting with oral sex and vaginal intercourse. There is no indication of a causal relationship, only that the two are related, and that oral sex typically precedes intercourse (the only data of interest is that intercourse often occurs after oral sex in a relatively short window of time).
    Here's an analogy: A study of high school students shows that many try smoking..... or driving.... or go to their first school dance..... and that they also try vaginal intercourse shortly thereafter. There is an obvious correlation (this is a time when young people are experimenting in general with new legal freedoms, and with becoming "adult" and making adult decisions).
    to state that there is a causal relationship (learning how to drive leads to vaginal intercourse) is absurd.
    The study does show that vaginal intercourse occurs shortly after oral sex for many teens, and while this is relavent, it only really points to the fact that both types of experimentation stem from the same cause: an interest/curiosity about one's growing body, and the desire to express one's feelings and hormones through sexual acts (an innate primal instinct). The study really only shows that "sexual curiosity leads to oral sex & intercourse." Obviously there is going to be a correlation between the two acts, but they both stem from the same source. Oral sex is not being proven to be "gateway sex" here. If that were true we would have to say the same of any type of behavior that deters actual intercourse with the aim of gratification of sexual urges (such as "dancing is gateway sex" or "flirting is gateway sex" or "holding hands leads to intercourse"). This is absurd of course.... the obvious underlying motivations are innate drives set to develop during this time in a person's life. The rel headline here is "puberty leads to intercourse."

    November 1, 2010 at 21:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Miguel

      That's a bizarre critique, AW. I don't imagine the study aimed to draw a direct "causal" relationship between oral sex and intercourse; rather, given that the subject is a behavioral study. Correlation is, in all likelihood, what the researchers were seeking evidence of in the first place.

      November 1, 2010 at 21:30 | Report abuse |
    • AW

      That's correct, in social research correlations are almost always what is sought, as causation is often impossible to demonstrate due to the potential for spurious factors in human behavior (such studies are overwhelmingly subjective in nature). And also true, the study itself may not have sought to show causation... I have only read this article and not the study itself. My point is that either the study is flawed, or the reporter's interpretation of the results is incorrect (most likely). This illustrates my motivation for this critique; the misinterpretation of this kind of social research is what causes most of the "debate" (slander) that we are seeing in this response column, and most of these arguments are based on the fallacy that the author asserts by saying that "oral sex leads to intercourse." The opposite could be true or argued; oral sex might be an alternative, last ditch effort to avoid intercourse (which inevitably occurs shortly after due to the futility in trying to divert such a strong internal drive). By this logic, oral sex might actually be a positive behavior in curbing risky uninformed intercourse (this is a similar argument for condom use..."they're going to do it eventually, so let's teach them the safest way"). I'm not asserting this belief, simply pointing out that the result of this study are being selectively interpreted, and used to promote a view (oral sex leads to intercourse), which is very value-laden and irresponsible. It is a misuse of science to back up an agenda or viewpoint, when the science itself doesn't support this conclusion.

      November 1, 2010 at 21:57 | Report abuse |
  9. teresa, ohio

    oral sex a precursor to intercourse? I'm so old oral sex was the last thing we did : ) IF we did it.

    Kids nowadays do not view ORAL sex as SEX... after all you cant get pregnant... Just every other sexually transmitted disease. I'm with poster "angry carolyn"... I think half of the kids lied.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. MCC

    The fact is kids have been having sex since the beginning of time. Nothing and I do mean NOTHING will make them stop. INFORM them how to protect themselves and their partners against unwanted pregnancy and disease is about all you can do. Keep the door OPEN, so when they do have questions, and they will, they will come to you, the parent, and not the internet looking for info.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Genius

    In other news, heating a block of ice will cause it to melt. If the block is smaller, or the heat is hotter, the melting will occur more quickly.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. LarryCraigWideStance64

    I am working on a study to determine the percentage of teens who are down with OPP.

    Yeah you know me.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. OC Roger

    Carole's comment about "10% of teens actually having oral and vaginal sex" just goes to show how much denial there is among parents who apparently must've been living under a rock during their teens.

    I began receiving oral sex from female classmates at age 13, and had more sexual partners than I could remember by the time I graduated from high school. And that still wasn't as frequent as most of my friends. But, I always used protection except when receiving oral sex. There was no way I was going to end up with a kid. And if it wasn't for plenty of education on sexual responsibility and my parents' willingness to pay for my condoms, then I may very well have been a father at 16.

    And that was 20 years ago. Teens are more sexualized these days than ever before. If we don't face that reality, they will never get the help that they need. They need condoms and they need more education about STDs and contraception. Ignoring the problem won't make it go away. Parents need to be smarter and to stop living in denial like Carole apparently is.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Peter

    Hummahs!!!!!

    November 1, 2010 at 21:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. truthinrock

    Not to worry, once they get married they won't be getting any oral sex.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Kelcy

    I must be the only one that thinks this is a valid study question. Until we ask we don`t know for sure. Americans by and large don`t believe that oral sex constitutes sex. Studies of "adults" repeatedly substantiate that as fact over the last several decades. It was known before this but certainly after the clinton broohaha everyone should have at least read something about the studies.

    Given all the abstinence training it would make sense to ask the question. If the adults don't believe it is sex then why would the kids believe it. Hence they would believe they were not having sex when performing oral activities. It would be interesting to know if they asked why they proceeded to the next level given all the abstinence education they had. Well.... actually I guess it just shows that they didn`t believe in the abstinence training to start with. Hmmmm. Did the use of oral sex delay the onset of intercourse at least?

    November 1, 2010 at 21:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. derek

    God I love sex... all kinds of sex. i like hearing about and reading about sex. i read this article because it's about sex. and to be honest... i wish i could be having sex as i type this. can we all please just have some sex?

    November 1, 2010 at 21:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Bob

    Neither did our former President!

    November 1, 2010 at 21:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Mike

    Americans are going insane. The culture now is worse than it ever was. I am a freshman in high school and I think parents are NOT doing enough to control their kids. If you want them to be better at life, make sure they stop doing crap like this. Seriously. You have NO idea. Yes, I am a genuine american.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Miguel

      Phew. I was TERRIFIED, Mike, that you were, perhaps, a "fake" American, and thus unqualified to express your horror at the volume of oral sex your friends are having without you.

      November 1, 2010 at 21:33 | Report abuse |
    • Miguel

      I'm also relieved, Mike, that as a HS freshman, you're as qualified as you are to compare the present state of "American culture" with the sexual history of present generations of which you've experienced nothing.

      November 1, 2010 at 21:34 | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Hey Mike go get laid. You don't want to be the kid that has to check the "Never" box on the survey.

      November 1, 2010 at 21:47 | Report abuse |
  20. Dan

    So what! We need to stop being concerned about teens having sex. It's like trying to stop a volcano from erupting – it's fricken mother nature. We are the stupidest animals on this planet to think we can somehow stop this from happening. We should rejoice in it, like every other culture on this planet does. They are virile. It's nature! It gets considerably more difficult to even have children as you age. If you get to your thirties, forget it – all hope is pretty much lost, and the stress is unbelievable (eg. peer pressure, work, etc). Life sucks after thirty if you are single.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. GoFaster58

    Duh! How much money and time was wasted on this study? Of course oral sex can and usually does lead to other sex. Where have you been? And oral sex has been around since the invention of dirt.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. wait a minute

    folks... to those complaining about this million dollar study and wasted taxpayer money... do you really think printing off 600 surveys a couple times a year is a huge burden on the taxpayer? or having some body spend a few days compiling the data and writing a report?
    sometimes scientists seek to CONFIRM what we believe to be true. you should be glad they do, because most people go around spouting crap they believe to be true without any backing, and it's nice to have a counterbalance to those people.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sydney Australia

      Should have known there would be a progressive defending the waste of taxpayer money for this chickenshyt study.

      November 1, 2010 at 21:51 | Report abuse |
  23. Joe

    When I was in high school (early 1990's) the girls would do anal sex easily, but no vaginal or oral stuff. They didn't want to get pregnant and somehow anal wasn't considered sex. I moved out west after college and every girlfriend I had for five years were completely against anal, like I was some sicko. It took me a while to realize that anal wasn't considered 1st base.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patricia

      on my recent trip home to Australia my little sister told me that the Lebanese and Greek girls only have anal sex – because it means they will still be a virgin when they marry. Their parents take them to the doctors if they suspect anything, so that they can be reassured their daughter is still chaste.

      November 1, 2010 at 22:48 | Report abuse |
  24. derek

    i just wish sex didn't cost so much money... Where do these kids get that kind of dough? their parents maybe.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. zounds

    I don't know about the teens, but I've had exclusively oral sex for years.
    I don't care if the woman on the other end of the phone is a fake sexy person,
    I enhance the dialog with reality based requests: " Hoo baby, I want you to take off
    them hair curlers, and stop ironing the kid's diapers r-r-right now, and ..."

    November 1, 2010 at 21:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Nick

    I bet 80% of those boys were lying. Just think about when you were a 14 year old boy and if you had been handed a survey like this to fill out while in view of your friends' wandering eyes... Oral sex? "Oh yeah 8 times a week." Intercourse? "Every day." The one kid that checked the "never" box was most likely ostracized for the next 2 years.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bennett

      Wow – I bet the behavioral scientists who designed and administered the research didn't think of that...

      November 1, 2010 at 22:05 | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      I was half joking about that. But do really think about how accurate this data could be. Just because they're behavioral scientists doesn't mean the data is completely reflective, how in any way could you possibly collect this kind of personal information from kids this age and expect it to be remotely true? Is there any way at all? Even in the most private of circumstances when no one else could see many of them probably made up answers. There is no survey that can be done to get the absolute truth, and a survey of this type I have very little faith in a majority of truth at all.

      November 1, 2010 at 22:28 | Report abuse |
  27. Johnny Rebel

    I don't know about the rest of you but for me it seems like saying that oral sex leads to other sex is like saying putting the keys in the ignition of your car and turning them leads to driving. No duh did we really need a study to tell us this? Is the world really that stupid or are these people just looking for a way to get their names out there. I say we take their funding and research whether or not packing a bowl and your friend handing you a lighter leads to smoking. Well thats classic pseudo intellectualism for ya.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Nick Sloan

    This is the dumbest case study ever. Way to state the obvious.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. derek

    hey... haven't you ever noticed that the stankier the sex, the better it is? think about it...

    November 1, 2010 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Nick

    You can tell from the prudish complaining who on this board is married and not getting it anymore. Kids, let me tell you this... enjoy it in high school it goes away real quick when that ring slips on.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. MJB

    Anotbher study. When I was a teenager some 50 years ago all this studying was going on them. Same questions and same answers. nothing nenw here.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Chris

    My friends always told me that if a girl sucked it she would do you as well. I dedicate this post to them. You were right all along!

    November 1, 2010 at 21:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • taint

      That's exactly what your mom told me!

      November 1, 2010 at 21:58 | Report abuse |
  33. nutzen-yo-maoph

    testicles.

    November 1, 2010 at 21:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. GBS123

    Duh...

    November 1, 2010 at 22:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. FlowinEddie

    What a totally ridiculous article CNN... How high is the Idiot Factor in your - quote - newsroom - end quote? Sure every time we all have oral sex, we each stop just there... just short of doin' the nasty. What a bunch of dweebs in Atlanta if that's where you are. If not Atlanta, then wherever you are writing and posting this drivel from. Buy a clue. You characters certainly have the bux.

    November 1, 2010 at 22:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. BralenX

    It amazes me how much parents have stopped parenting their kids. It is NOT ok for kids to have sex at any age! Sex is for adults only. Only adults can deal with the consequences if something goes wrong, NOT CHILDREN! GOD! Today's parents are complete idiots. If my teen started having sex, I would congratulate him on becoming a man and promptly show him the door. If you can have sex, you can get a job, rent or buy a house etc. etc.

    November 1, 2010 at 22:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • J-Pap

      You're in an idiot. I had sex at grade 11, gf in grade 10. We turned out just fine. Stop the paranoia in your house and maybe your kids will respect you.

      November 1, 2010 at 22:08 | Report abuse |
    • BralenX

      You're the idiot. There is no way in hell I'm going to allow my kids to have sex before they move out of my house. Only adults have earned the privilege of having sex, NOT kids. Children should be focused on their education and nothing more! Goddamn hippies screwed up the family with their free love nonsense. That is why you see so many dysfunctional adult relationships today, because they started having sex when they were still children.

      November 1, 2010 at 22:22 | Report abuse |
    • ChimChim

      2 weeks before 14, and still managed to become a productive member of society.

      November 1, 2010 at 22:23 | Report abuse |
    • ChimChim

      Have a feeling that Bralen's kids may be spending a lot of money with a psychiatrist later in life, working through some unresolved control issues.

      November 1, 2010 at 22:24 | Report abuse |
    • BralenX

      @chim chim Do you have your own place? Do you have a job? Do you pay your own bills? If you answered NO to any of those questions, you are NOT a productive memeber of society. You still depend on your parents to take care of all your essential needs and in my home this means you are not mature enough to have sex. GOT IT?!

      November 1, 2010 at 22:29 | Report abuse |
    • BralenX

      @ chim chim oh yeah, my poor kids are going to grow up crazy because they can't whore around... You are so immature. Sex is not something kids need. Kids need a roof over their heads, food in their tummies, a good education and some love... And sometimes tough love.

      November 1, 2010 at 22:32 | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      I lost my virginity at 16, graduated from Stanford with a degree in business, and am now probably making more than you, BralenX. Sex was a great stress reliever in high school. Anyways, you're kids probably screwing the neighbor kids while you're sleeping.

      November 2, 2010 at 02:11 | Report abuse |
    • dustbuster

      BralenX sleeps in kids room, so the tough love is 24/7...ouch

      November 2, 2010 at 02:17 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Keep living in that fantasy world BralenX. The #1 way to get kids to do something is to vehemently tell them NOT to do something. Chances are if your kids are teenagers they've already had sex, and are hiding it from you, especially with having a control freak like you for a parent.

      November 2, 2010 at 03:44 | Report abuse |
    • AW

      It's important to understand that everyone matures differently.... there are many people who are "adult" (legally) that are unable to care for themselves, pay bills, have a job, and (apparently) make a rational or logical point. What would "being an adult" mean to you then? The number 18? Once they hit that age just cut them loose, all of a sudden just like that, no preparation or context provided?

      Seems to me that given that people have different urges at different times in life, the most important thing to do as a good parent is to listen to what your child is experiencing or interested in, and without demonizing or chastizing their innate urges, simply discuss with them, very openly, the appropriate and medically safe choices they can make. It's all about providing the right context, and allowing them to make the decision for themselves... to assume that you actually have any more control than that is denying the inevitable fact that eventually, they WILL be on their own as an adult, and that they might make poor decisions based on a lack of preparation, or simply as a way of immaturely getting revenge on an overly controlling parent. I'm not saying you should ignore their behavior, but as a parent the best thing you can do is to offer guidance, primarily through example and experience, rather than ultimatums.

      To those who may question this viewpoint, it's heavily supported by thorough, peer reviewed academic research, and there are many examples. One of the best examples was a study done between parents/teens in the United States as compared to their Dutch counterparts. The case study consists of interviews with parents/teens about their attitudes toward sex, with a particular focus on the level of open communication between parent/child. Results demonstrated that families in the Netherlands had a much more open dialogue about sexuality, especially at an early age, and that their views on sex are primarily focused around the meaningfulness of a relationship, rather than certain "milestones" of aging (which is primarily the dependent factor in the American views on sexuality that were expressed in the study). Though it was a small case study, the important difference in attitudes correlates strongly with rates of teen pregnancy, transmission of STDs, and sexual abuse within monogamous relationships. In short, the Netherlands experience far less of these problems per capita (The rates of teen pregnancy in the United States were shown at the time to be 9 times higher than in the Netherlands), and this has been largely attributed to their focus on communication within the family regarding sex. Dutch parents are more likely to discuss things openly, to not shy away from discussing sexual taboos, and to trust that their children are making informed decisions, rather than focusing energy on restricting their children based on a perception that they are too immature to be exposed to or discuss sexuality.
      The point is that denial and censorship are the main contributers to the problem, and addressing these issues means that parents need to educate themselves, and to discuss these issues with their children with the same frankness, clarity, and understanding that they would use in teaching their kids about drugs/violence/financial responsibility/etiquette, etc....
      It's all about context people, and informed decision making... empower your children by giving them your trust that they will make the right decisions for themselves, but do so within a communicative support system of guidance/advice. The best thing you can do for your children is to offer them honest insight into your experience as an older, and hopefully wiser parent.

      November 2, 2010 at 04:19 | Report abuse |
    • AW

      For those who would like to read more about the comparative study I referred to above, check out an article entitled "Raging Hormones, Regulated Love: Adolescent Sexuality in the United States and the Netherlands" by Amy T. Schalet

      November 2, 2010 at 04:24 | Report abuse |
  37. J-Pap

    What they should be teaching is how to give GOOD Oral sex.

    Geeze, how can I be part of a pointless study like this.

    Ahh..its been proven that waking up 5 mins earlier will allow you 5 free minutes in your day. Cost: 1 million dollars.

    November 1, 2010 at 22:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • FlowinEddie

      ... and an extra five minutes for oral sex in the morning... can't be all bad and maybe worth the million bux.

      November 1, 2010 at 22:08 | Report abuse |
    • ChimChim

      That 5mins of oral sex in the morning could potentially free up another 30mins worth of thinking about oral sex, thus making us more productive as a nation! GDP goes up by another 2%, and we all become millionaires with our 401K proceeds.

      November 1, 2010 at 22:26 | Report abuse |
  38. Deklan Singh

    Congratulations to whoever on this site got a kickback from the RNC and/or Family Values Council for putting this nonsense article up the day before the elections.

    November 1, 2010 at 22:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Jagger Mick Richards

    Please respond not so quickly... please feel your child as though they were just in your arms for the first time... beautiful! Undescribable emotions.... this living does exists because of YOU... US... WE... ift his article ok with you... PLEASE have the compassion for who is not compfy... IF this stat i a nightmare, PLEASE remember your feelings and experiences as a teenager... you did get caught OR almost got caught 'sexually' by yourself or with someone ... or both... STATS are great to people who need to experience normalcy...

    November 1, 2010 at 22:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Bennett

    Seems to me that everyone commenting has missed the point – that instructing kids not to have penetrative sex and to do something else instead doesn't work...they have sex anyway. That DOES need research, to shut down the ludicrous abstinence-only educraption and instead give the kids some hard facts.

    Pun intended.

    November 1, 2010 at 22:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. number8

    Well lets see, when I got my first blowjob a couple weeks ago, I didn't have sex, in fact the girl wanted to, but I was no so lost in my feeling to go against what I believe. They are making too big a deal over this.

    November 1, 2010 at 22:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. MXD

    I SWEAR I saw this article in The Onion last week.

    November 1, 2010 at 22:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bit

      I was thinking the same thing!

      November 1, 2010 at 23:18 | Report abuse |
    • dustbuster

      I didn't even know the Onion had a Forum. It's better than Penthouse, this CNNsexytime sharing.

      November 1, 2010 at 23:33 | Report abuse |
  43. Kudu

    There needed to be a STUDY done to figure that out? DUUUUHHH!

    November 1, 2010 at 22:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. sweata

    and this is why the wise medical scholars implemented the base system, to show that 3rd base (oral) goes right into home plate (intercourse)

    November 1, 2010 at 22:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patricia

      excellent !

      November 1, 2010 at 23:45 | Report abuse |
  45. whatswrong

    You know? Teens are ALWAYS going to have sex with each other like their is ALWAYS going to be wars overseas! IT WILL NEVER CHANGE! It has been going on since before Jesus! All you can do is teach the risks, try and scare the crap out of them and hope for the best!?

    Regardless, if they (your son/daughter) does have sex, and you find out – then you talk with them about it and help them through it! Not beat the crap out of them, or disown them, etc... whatiswrongwith.us

    November 1, 2010 at 22:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. TheTeacherThePreacher

    Judging from the quality of the commentary, our educational chickens are coming home to roost. Holy carp are we screwed in this country...

    Can you people at least read the article before spouting off with inanities?

    November 1, 2010 at 22:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. KSTiger

    No Shit! Hmmmm I wonder if a study to see how soon after oral sex consenting adults have sex in another orifice is in order. This is a wild as guess on my part but I think teenagers have better self-control than adults.

    November 1, 2010 at 22:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. ChimChim

    OK....so, either I'm the only one.....or I'll get to post the first logical question on this board. Where in the heck were these girls when I was in HS? I had to brave both STD's and Pregnancies, meanwhile I could have been getting a handy-J or making some sweet, sweet Catholic Mouth babies!
    I want to go back and do it all over again.

    November 1, 2010 at 22:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Chris

    It's easier to multi task when your getting Oral. You can watch TV, cook, even wash the car is she can keep up.

    November 1, 2010 at 22:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. BralenX

    Well, my kids know that if they choose to have sex they will have to get jobs, move out and take care of themselves. In my eyes only adults have sex and adults support themselves.

    November 1, 2010 at 22:26 | Report abuse | Reply
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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.