The rates of sexuality activity among U.S. high school students rose this year, according to a new study released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nearly half of all high school students have reportedly had sex, even as condom and contraceptive use is declining, the study noted.
Although the rates of sexual activity represented a decrease from its record high of 54 percent in 1991, the new results suggest a new upward trend among students.
The study found an increase in sexual activity among Hispanic students and a decrease among white and black students.
Furthermore, the number of students who reported to have had more than four sexual partners declined from its 1991 high of 19 percent to just 15 percent this year, according to the study.
The survey, which is conducted every two years and seeks to gauge the frequency of a wide range of risky behaviors among youth, also revealed that nearly 75 percent of students have tried alcohol and that 20 percent of students smoke.
Over 14,000 high school students from across the nation participated in the survey.