According to a 2009 CDC fact sheet, many teens revealed that they felt safe and comfortable engaging in oral sex as a way to preserve their virginity.
The report came as a result of the CDC’s interest in the rise of sexual transmitted diseases especially HIV among males ages 13 to 29.
Although the likelihood of contracting HIV from oral sex is lower than vaginal and anal sex, experts are concerned about the infection rates of other STD’s such as gonorrhea, genital herpes, and syphilis.
Some studies have even concluded that the rise of oral cancers in the United States such as the human papillomavirus may be a result of the popularity of oral sex.
The NCHS report also found that 5.1 percent of female teens and 6.5 percent of male teens did not progress past oral sex. The majority of surveyed teens ages 15 to 24 continued on to have vaginal intercourse. This disputes previous studies that claimed oral sex was a strong detector for engaging in sexual intercourse.