Canada: Trend Reversing Itself? B.C. Report Suggests Fewer Teens Are Having Sex
July 24, 2008
Results from the latest survey of British Columbia teenagers show the number of youths who say they have had sex dropped by a third between 1992 and 2003. Among boys, 23 percent reported sexual intercourse in 2003, down from 34 percent in 1992. Among girls, 24 percent said they had had intercourse, down from 29 percent.
"Statistics Canada has been showing declining births among adolescents since 1994 and their declines match the trends that we see," Saewyc said.
In addition, concerns about younger teens lacking the maturity to engage in safe sex may be unfounded. According to the study, the youngest girls who were sexually active reported the highest prevalence of condom use.
07.18.2008; Sean Patrick Sullivan, Canadian Press
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