Less sex, more condoms

Teenagers are having less sex while using more condoms, thereby continuing a 15-year decline in birth rates, concludes a federal study.

About 47 percent of high school students — 4.6 million teens — reported having had sexual intercourse in 2005, down from 54 percent in 1991.

However, “the number of children born to unmarried women in their 20s rose significantly” since the late 1990s, reports the Washington Post.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    I guess the individual tutoring teachers have been giving is paying off.

  2. Teenagers have gotten the message that sex has risks…

    so they substitute oral and anal sex.



    Teenagers are teenagers…

  3. SuperSub says:

    “The findings on oral sex among teens are sure to stir debate over abstinence-only sex education. Supporters of such programs say they have resulted in young people delaying intercourse, but opponents say they also have led young people to substitute other behaviors, especially fellatio and cunnilingus. The new data tend to support this view, showing that nearly one in four virgin teens has engaged in oral sex.”

    I’d like to see the abstinence-only program that endorses oral sex.
    As usual, the reporter and “experts” have ignored the influence of negative role models in pop culture.

  4. Nels Nelson says:

    Is that supposed to be a negative finding? As far as I know you still can’t get pregnant from oral sex, and it’s much harder to catch HIV from it.

    Sounds as though kids are getting smarter, and thinking of the future.

  5. Walter E. Wallis says:

    ” much harder to catch HIV from it”
    Someone explain to Nels that “Oral sex” doesn’t mean just talking about it.

  6. Nels Nelson says:

    Huh, Walter? To restate it more plainly, there’s much less risk of contracting HIV through oral sex than there is with vaginal or anal intercourse. Maybe I just didn’t get your joke.

  7. Walter E. Wallis says:

    I question your assertion. All forms of sex can be accomplished without exchange of bodily fluids, but it is unlikely teens will exercise the discipline required. Hell, it is unlikely I could exercise the discipline required.

  8. Andy Freeman says:

    The referenced study claims that folks who subsitute have the same STD rates. I didn’t bother to check whether AIDS works differently than other STDs in this circumstance, but if you’re going to argue that substitution reduces STD risk, that’s probably your best angle.

  9. Nels Nelson says:

    That’s why I said HIV, and not other STDs.

    “Oral sex…has very minimal risk for transmitting HIV”

    “The risk of becoming infected [through oral sex] is much lower than the risk of infection via unprotected sexual intercourse with a man or woman.”

    “There have been a few cases of HIV transmission from performing oral sex on a person infected with HIV.”

  10. Andy Freeman says:

    The report said that they were subsituting oral and anal sex for vaginal sex. The latter has a different risk profile than the former.

  11. Walter E. Wallis says:

    A distinction without significance. The difference between jumping out the 6th floor and the 12th floor.