High school students are having less sex and fewer sexual partners today than in the early 90s. The CDC released a study on Wednesday, citing that in less than 48 percent of high school students had ever engaged in sexual intercourse, compared to when over 54 percent of students were no longer virgins. The same study also shows that while African American students saw a decrease in sexual intercourse from 82 percent in to 66 percent in , and white students saw a decrease from 50 percent to 44 percent over the past 16 years, Hispanic students saw only a 1 percent decrease from 53 percent to 52 percent. Additionally, those students who are having sexual intercourse are having a decreased number of sexual partners then they did in when19 percent of high school students admitted to having four or more sexual partners, compared to , when that number dropped to 15 percent, according to the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey YRBS. Of those students not practicing abstinence 62 percent said they used a condom during their last sexual encounter, compared to only 46 percent in Printed with permission from the Concerned Parents Report.
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Medical Xpress —A broad change in drinking behaviour has occurred among Australian adolescents in the last decade. This trend has occurred broadly across a wide range of regional, socio-economic, and demographic subgroups. Dr Livingston says there are several possible explanations: "The shift in drinking behaviour is likely the result of broad cultural factors. We have seen similar recent trends in the Nordic countries and the United States of America, all countries with strong temperance traditions and increasing public concerns about adolescent drinking.
In contrast, only 5 percent of high school seniors said they were abstinent in , HealthDay reports. Lead author Dr. Levy said the increase in abstinence may be due to public health efforts that encourage teens to stay away from drugs and alcohol because they are dangerous and unhealthy, rather than immoral or forbidden. Posting to social media while high and regretting it afterwards is a common problem, a new study suggests.