T eenagers and young adults are engaging in a wider variety of sexual practices than they did 20 years ago, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The researchers analyzed more than 45, interviews from three surveys of British residents ages 16 to 24, conducted every decade. The people interviewed in the first survey were born in the s, while those in the most recent survey were born between in the s. In all three surveys over the year period, vaginal sex was the most common sexual practice. But the percentages of sexually active people who also reported having had oral and anal sex in the last year increased over time, from 1 in 10 people in to 1 in 4 men, and 1 in 5 women, in Between the first and second decade, that increase was most notable among to year-olds. Modest declines in vaginal intercourse and genital-to-genital contact were also observed over the study period.
Young Women at Risk
The study, conducted by the Washington, D. Responses were compared with a survey of 1, male teens. What concerns public-health experts most is that teenagers appear to be engaging in high-risk sexual practices without caution and with alarming casualness. The implicit message in abstinence is abstinence from penile-vaginal intercourse. Teenagers see non-coital sex as protective because it protects against pregnancy. Many sexually transmitted diseases including herpes, hepatitis B, gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia can be transmitted orally and genitally, unless partners use condoms or dental dams.
View the discussion thread. Tanaka's primary speciality is Adolescent Medicine, and her clinical interests include: menstrual disorders, substance use and abuse, and the treatment of sexually transmitted infections. Skip to main content. Why you should talk to your kids about anal sex. Watch Later. So some teens today are engaging in anal sex, because they inaccurately perceive that it's a lower risk activity with regards to pregnancy. Actually that is accurate, because you can't get pregnant through anal sex. That's not going to happen.
Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. This study examines the prevalence of vaginal, oral, and anal inter-course among a population of urban, public middle school students, the characteristics of early sexual initiators, and the sequence of sexual initiation. Such data are limited for early adolescents. A total of seventh-grade students Overall, A small percentage of early adolescents are engaging in multiple sexual behaviors. These findings have implications for early adolescent school-based sexual health education. Although adolescent pregnancy rates have declined steadily in the United States over the past decade, adolescent births and sexually transmitted infections STIs remain serious public health issues. In , births to mothers aged years increased for the first time since the early s.