- “Sexual health” is a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction, or infirmity.
- In 2013, nearly half (46.8%) of all high school students reported ever having sexual intercourse.
- The only way to make sure that you are physically fit in terms of sexual health is to get tested regularly! Get HIV tested and encourage others to do the same on Instagram. Sign up for Update Your Status.
- Among sexually experienced teens, 70% of females and 56% of males report that their first sexual experience was with a steady partner, while 16% of females and 28% of males report first having sex with someone they had just met or who was just a friend.
- A sexually active teen who does not use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year.
- No state explicitly requires parental consent or notification for contraceptive services. However, two states (Texas and Utah) require parental consent for contraceptive services paid for with state funds.
- Although 15- to 24-year-olds represent only 1/4 of the sexually active population, they account for nearly half (9.1 million) of the 18.9 million new cases of STIs each year.
- As of May 2014, laws in 38 states required that a minor seeking an abortion involve her parents in the decision.
- Advocates for Youth National School Condom Availability Clearinghouse has found 418 public schools in the US that make condoms available to students.
- In 1997, one-half of all new HIV infections in the United States occurred in people under the age of 25. 1 in 4 new HIV infections in the US occurs in people under the age of 22.
- By their 19th birthday, 7 out of 10 teens have engaged in sexual intercourse.
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