The number of sexually active teenagers in the United States has fallen markedly in the last decade, a trend that has also been observed among young people, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published on 4 January this year (see HERE). This decline has been especially significant in the last two years.

Matthew Oransky is director of the psychology training program at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center in New York City. He said, “What seems really promising about this is that the older you get, the better ability you have to make decisions and communicate and plan. The older you are when you initiate sex, the better able you will be to make healthy and responsible decisions.”

The percentage of black and Hispanic teens experimenting with sex also went down, contributing to the overall decline in sexually active kids which is a good medical and moral sign.


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