July/August #173 : Nearly 7 Out of 10 Young People Are Having Sex - by Cristina González

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July / August 2011

Nearly 7 Out of 10 Young People Are Having Sex

by Cristina González

The latest National Survey of Family Growth—an ongoing federal survey of U.S. sexual behavior—made headlines. It found that abstinence among youths ages 15 to 24 is on the rise, with 29 percent of women and 27 percent of men reporting that they have never had sex. That’s an increase from an average of 22 percent collectively in 2002. But the media coverage missed the big story—the same statistics reveal that about 7 out of 10 youths in this age group are having sex. Um, yeah, why is abstinence making headlines?

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