A searchable database of the laws, people, organizations, and litigation involved in sexual and reproductive health and justice in the United States. It showed consistent declines on measures that we often associate with poor sexual health—including having sex before age 13—and a noteworthy increase in condom use the first time teens have sex. Yet the United States still has the highest teen pregnancy rate among socially and economically comparable countries, and it still continues to see unprecedented rates of sexually transmitted infections , including HIV, in young people. Given the political backdrop, those of us who work with or have teens feel like our hands are going to be increasingly tied. Here are six:.
For Teens: How to Make Healthy Decisions About Sex
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The share of high school students who are sexually active has fluctuated since , ranging from 30 to 38 percent. In , Appendix 1 Among black students, however, the proportion who reported they were sexually active decreased from 59 percent in to 33 percent in The proportion of high school students who reported they had ever had vaginal sexual intercourse declined between and , from 54 to 46 percent.
Adolescent Sexuality: Talk the Talk Before They Walk the Walk
Before you decide to have sex or if you are already having sex, you need to know how to stay healthy. Even if you think you know everything you need to know about sex, take a few minutes and read on. Your doctor wants to make sure you know the facts. Sex can change your life and relationships.
Revealing sexual thoughts or behaviors to the parent that might elicit criticism or punishment. In fact, sex education and parent-child communication about sexuality are associated with delayed sexual activity and more consistent contraceptive use. Parents tend to exclude positive topics associated with sexuality, such as pleasure, love, and healthy relationships, in favor of negative topics and warnings.