Friday, March 4, 2011

For Young, Sex Falls in Survey

ATLANTA (AP) — Fewer teenagers and young adults are having sex, a government survey shows.

The study, released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is based on interviews with about 5,300 young people, ages 15 to 24. It shows that the proportion in that age group who said they had never had oral, vaginal or anal sex rose in the past decade to about 28 percent, from 22 percent.

The survey is considered the largest and most reliable on sexuality.

Anjani Chandra, a health scientist for the centers, described the decline as small but significant. She declined to speculate on the reasons. It is difficult to look for a trend earlier than 2002 because previous surveys did not gather as much detail about various types of sex, she added.


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