Data Shows Decrease in Oral Sex Among Teens

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  • A new health report found that the number of teens engaging in oral sex has dropped between 2002 and 2010.

    The report, "Prevalence and Timing of Oral Sex With Opposite-Sex Partners Among Females and Males Aged 15-24 Years: United States," was conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the Center for Disease Control.  

    The vast drop in oral sex was mostly found among females, while the number of males engaging in the act remained the same. The study also found a drop in vaginal intercourse among adolescents.

    Experts report that two-thirds of all teens ages 15 to 24 admit to having experienced oral sex, an act that the federal government views as a contributor to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

    The report also included information from the CDC’s National Survey of Family Growth. Researchers interviewed over 6,000 youths for the study between 2007 and 2010.

    In the youngest group containing teens ages 15 to 19, 41 percent of females and 47 percent of males admitted to receiving oral sex. Within the same group, 43 percent of the girls said they’ve given oral sex while 35 percent of the boys had.

    The numbers increased for teens ages 20 to 24 in which 81 percent of females and 80 percent of males had experienced oral sex.

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