New Survey on Sex in U.S., Biggest Since 1994
October 12, 2010
A special issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine offers the most comprehensive national sexual behavior survey in more than a decade, researchers say.
The self-reported rate of condom use was generally highest for unmarried adults, while condom-protected PVI was greater among younger people, blacks and Hispanics, and those having PVI with a non-relationship partner. Statistically adjusted for these differences, condom use was significantly associated with fewer previous intercourse experiences with the partner and not using other forms of contraception. The lowest condom use rate was reported by men over 50.
"There's been a major shift among young people in the role condoms have in their sexual lives," said Dr. Dennis Fortenberry, a pediatrics professor and lead author of the study's section on teen sex.
Just 2 percent of adolescent boys had experienced sex in the past year, but that jumps to 40 percent among 17-year-olds. About 7 percent of adult women and 8 percent of adult men identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual, though the proportion with same-sex experience at some point in their lives was higher.
For additional information, the full survey data are published in a series in Journal of Sexual Medicine (2010;7(s5):255-373).
10.04.2010; David Crary
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