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American teenagers are waiting longer to have sex, study finds

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According to a report released Wednesday by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans teens are waiting longer to have sex. The report shows about 47 percent of boys and 44 percent of girls aged 15 to 19 report having had sexual intercourse from 2011-2013. This follows a steep decline over the past 25 years of 22 percent for boys, and 14 percent for girls, however since around 2002 the number of teenagers having sex has remained relatively stable. According to the CDC, boys are more likely to have sex earlier than girls, 18 percent of boys had sexual intercourse by age 15, compared to only 13 percent of girls. By age 17 boys and girls report the same rate of virginity. The most popular reason teens put off sex is because of religious beliefs of morals, other reasons include fear of pregnancy or not finding the right person. Luckily, the majority of teens are practicing safe sex in their first sexual encounters — 79 percent of girls and 84 percent of boys — with condoms being the preferred method of protection. According to the report, teen girls who don’t use contraception the first time they have sex are twice as likely to become pregnant.

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.

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