Teen sexual behavior changed little in a decade

By Andrea K. Walker

12:42 PM EDT, July 24, 2012


Strides made in the 90s to reduce risky sexual behavior among teens has largely plateaued, federal health data released today has found.

The data from the Centers for Disease Control National Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that many teenagers are using condoms and practicing other safe sex practices, but that more needs to be done to increase those numbers, health officials said.

The findings were released at the International AIDS conference. People under the age of 30 represent  four of every 10 new HIV infections.

The survey of public and private school students in grades 9-12 found that:

One of the areas of improvement was among black students. The study found risky behavior among black students declined substantially, reducing the race gap among teens having sex.