Parents, high school teachers and all those overly concerned with the sex lives of teenagers, listen up: Teens may not be as promiscuous as you think.
For a while now, it's been perceived that teens who aren't rushing to have intercourse are still experimenting with oral sex "en masse," as in rainbow parties and handies on the school bus. But a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention challenges that assumption with cold, hard facts.
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According to the CDC's National Survey for Family Growth, less than half of teens aged 15 to 19 have had vaginal sex. However, of those teens, only 16 percent of the girls and 15 percent of the boys say they performed oral sex first. Furthermore, just under half of teens aged 15 to 19 have engaged in oral; for teens 15 to 17, only 39 percent of boys and 33 percent of girls have gotten to third base.
The takeaway here is that oral sex might not be the epidemic that worrisome parents — and ABC Family dramas — believe it is. In fact, experts are saying that teens are likely performing oral and vaginal sex at the same time while in consensual relationships, which could explain why fewer teens are engaging in these acts overall as compared to previous years.
So parents, settle down and don't believe everything you see in teen-centered soap operas; but keep your kids in sex ed, just in case.
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What can be done to ensure teens are being safe about sex?
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