Navigation Links
More Young People Delay Sex, Try Oral Sex First, CDC Says
Date:3/3/2011

By Maureen Salamon
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, March 3 (HealthDay News) -- More young people are waiting to have sex, and more women than men are engaging in same-sex encounters, according to a new report detailing Americans' evolving sexual behaviors and preferences.

In statistics compiled from interviews with 13,500 men and women aged 15 to 44, the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth also indicates that more than half of young people under age 24 who have had oral sex did so before having vaginal intercourse.

Other revelations from the survey, released March 3 by the National Center for Health Statistics of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include three times as many women over 18 reporting being bisexual as men.

The CDC estimates that 19 million sexually transmitted infections occur each year, along with 50,000 new diagnoses of HIV infection. One function of the report is to provide public health researchers with information to develop prevention strategies targeting high-risk groups, lead author Anjani Chandra said.

"Traditionally, people tend to focus on vaginal intercourse, but they sort of forget about other types of sexual behavior," said Chandra, a health scientist at the National Center for Health Statistics, which last released a similar report using data from 2002.

Some of the findings include:

  • More young people reported never having any sexual contact with another person. In 2002, about 22 percent of youths aged 15 to 24 said they fit this description, while 27 percent of males and 29 percent of females did so in 2006-2008.
  • White youths aged 15 to 24 were more likely (57 percent) than blacks or Hispanics of the same age (39 percent) to report engaging in oral sex before ever having intercourse.
  • Twice as many women (12.5 percent) reported any same-sex contact as men (5.2 percent), a number that held steady since 2002.
  • About 3.5 percent of women reported they were bisexual, compared to 1.1 percent of men. About 1.1 percent of women and 1.7 percent of men said they were homosexual.
  • About 35 percent of females and 44 percent of males reported ever having anal sex with an opposite-sex partner.

Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, said he is encouraged by the disclosure that more young people have had no sexual contact.

"The adult view is, when it comes to teens and sex . . . that things are bad and getting worse," Albert said. "I don't want to be Pollyanna-ish and say that there's nothing but good news here, but by and large the news is good."

But Albert said he believes that the statistics indicating most youths are engaging in oral sex before intercourse may be nebulous.

"What is 'before' -- an hour, or two days? My strong suspicion here is that sexual activity tends to co-occur . . . they're probably going to have vaginal sex shortly thereafter," he said. "For some young people, they're running the bases backwards. They used to go from more casual to more intimate, but that's not necessarily the case these days."

Sexuality expert Dr. Jennifer Berman said it's not surprising that young people engage in oral sex first because it's now considered a way to gain status and prestige among their peers.

Also, "It often has to do with sexual education or the lack thereof," said Berman, director of the Berman Women's Wellness Center in Beverly Hills, Calif. "Young people don't perceive oral sex as sex and think they're still virgins if there's no penetration."

Chandra and Berman had very different takes on why twice as many women reported same-sex contact as men.

"Whether [the gender discrepancy] is real or they simply have a higher comfort level reporting that, I can't say," Chandra said. "Their comfort . . . may bolster their honesty and disclosure level."

Berman said she feels the disclosure is genuine, but fueled by societal forces.

"In the [sexuality] field and in L.A., we think that same-sex experiences with women are a lot of times related to drugs and alcohol," she said, "or designed and choreographed for men's pleasure."

Berman was critical of the scope and structure of the national report, saying it "left out very productive, active generations" by excluding participants 45 and older and omitting details about sexual habits such as the use of contraceptives, lubricants or sex toys.

"It's an interesting sample," she said. But, "it certainly doesn't enable people in the field to form valid conclusions . . . or form systems or supports."

More information

For more on sexual attraction and orientation, visit the Nemours Foundation.

SOURCES: Anjani Chandra, Ph.D., health scientist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics; Bill Albert, chief program officer, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy; Jennifer Berman, M.D., director, Berman Women's Wellness Center, Beverly Hills, Calif.; March 3, 2011, National Center for Health Statistics, report, Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction, and Sexual Identity in the United States: Data from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study shows young patients may benefit from microfracture knee procedures
2. Kids as Young as 5 Can Command a Computer Mouse
3. Common insecticide used in homes associated with delayed mental development of young children
4. Stroke Hospitalizations Up in Teens, Young Adults
5. Younger immigrants adjust to a new culture faster than do older immigrants
6. HIV Linked to Higher Pregnancy Rate in Young Women
7. Young minority women screened at higher rate for chlamydia than young white women
8. Snow Shoveling Injuries Affect Old and Young, Expert Warns
9. Preventing tooth decay in the youngest American Indians
10. Grant to prevent young childhood obesity
11. Young Couples Often Disagree About Monogamy, Study Finds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
More Young People Delay Sex, Try Oral Sex First, CDC Says
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... TaskMate Go. Core benefits and advantages built into the home office sit stand ... look and feel. Ability to gain the benefits embedded in the TaskMate Go ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Houston dentist , ... office, Antoine Dental Center. Currently, patients can get single dental implants for $3,599 ... patients can learn more about these offers by contacting Antoine Dental Center. Both ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Only two months after the official release of ... in Cannes (France), XO Private has initiated a second print-run of its lavish luxury ... a metre across when open, weighs in at more than six kilos, retails at ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... WHAT: , The New Jersey Tech ... well as advocacy for the state and region‘s technology businesses, hosted their 2017 ... Council's Innovation Forecast event highlights innovation throughout the region from small to large ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... An in-depth computational analysis of genetic variants ... points to eight genes that may explain why susceptibility to one of the disorders ... a study published today in the journal npj Schizophrenia. , “There is a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... Mass. , Feb. 24, 2017  Today, ... US dental labs have a new path to ... using the Biodenta implant library integrated into exocad ... must implement FDA compliant Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP,s) ... manufacturer with Biodenta, and complete an audit process. Then, ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... Following receiving CE Marking in ... s AMAR is a major milestone for the country where the device ... care market in Israel   ... for inclusion in the National Health Basket , Israel ... E-QURE Corp. (OTCQB: EQUR), a leader in medical devices for the treatment of ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... 2017 Research and Markets has announced the ... - Industry Forecast to 2025" report to their offering. ... The Global Wireless ... 23.8% over the next decade to reach approximately $330.5 billion by ... forecasts for all the given segments on global as well as ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: