CDC Releases New Report on American Teens and Sex: Here Are 4 Things You Need to Know

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Decline in Sexual Activity

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(Photo: Reuters/St Old)Youths from the Pure Love Alliance march in the streets of Philadelphia, July 29, 2000, to promote sexual abstinence and fidelity as a way to prevent teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. The Republican National Convention will begin July 31 and continue to Aug. 3.

The newly released CDC report found that sexual activity among unmarried teenagers in the U.S. continues to be considerably lower than it was over a generation ago.

From 2011–2015, the report found that 42.4 percent of never-married teenage girls and 44.2 percent of never-married teenage boys had sexual intercourse at least once.

While noted as being similar to numbers from the early 2000s, the percentages were still a sharp decline from 1988, when 60 percent of never-married teenage boys and 51 percent of never-married teenage girls had sexual intercourse at least once.

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