11 Facts About Sexual Health in Teens in the U.S.

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  1. 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.
  2. In 2009, nearly half of all high school students reported ever having sexual intercourse. This percentage (46%) had gone down since 2006.
  3. By their 19th birthday, seven out of ten teens have engaged in sexual intercourse.
  4. Seven percent of young women aged 18-24 who had had sex before age 20, report that their first sexual experience was not voluntary.
  5. A sexually active teen who does not use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year.
  6. No state in the U.S. explicitly requires parental notification or consent to receive contraceptive services. This means that no matter where you are, there is a way to access contraceptives discreetly.
  7. Although 15-24 year-olds represent only one-quarter of the sexually active population, they account for nearly half (9.1 million) of the 18.9 million new cases of STIs each year.
  8. As of October 2011, laws in 36 states required that a minor seeking an abortion involve her parents in the decision.
  9. In 2006, only 5% of American high schools made condoms available to students.
  10. In 2009, only 30% of young people aged 19-29 reported that they have been tested for HIV in the past 12 months.
  11. The only way to make sure that you are physically fit in terms of sexual health is to get tested regularly! It’s easy and can be done discreetly and cost-free.

Sources:

Guttmacher

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