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Teens Are Having Less Sex and Using More Protection

Teens Are Having Less Sex and Using More Protection

Teenagers today are having less sex and are using more contraception than kids three decades ago. Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics, using new data of never-married teens, found 42% of girls and 44% of boys between 15-19 years old had experienced vaginal intercourse. Dr. Cora Breuner, a professor of pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital, said she attributes the decrease in sex and the increase in contraception use to HIV and the changing attitudes toward sex as a result.

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