Special to the NNPA from the AFRO-American newspapers –
The number of teenage males who said they used a condom during the first time they had sex increased by nine percent since 2002, according to the latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the report entitled “Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth,” researchers disclosed that eight in 10 males said they used a condom during sex. The study also showed that 16 percent of teen males claim they used a condom as their female partner used a hormonal method, a six percent increase since 2002.
Although there have been improvements in pregnancy risk behaviors in teens, a disparity among races still exists. Non-Hispanic Black males are the most sexually experienced while there is a higher percentage of Hispanic males who use no contraceptive method.
Overall, 43 percent of never-married female teens and 42 percent of never-married teens had sexual intercourse at least once. This figure has not changed significantly since 2002. In fact, for the past 20 years, the CDC states that there has been a decline in the percentage of those who were sexually experienced.
Condoms remained the most commonly used method, according to the report.
Another CDC study revealed that most teenagers abstain from sex because the behavior does not align with their morals and religion.
Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA), said that teenagers still bear the brunt of high STD rates.
“While teens comprise only 25 percent of the population, they bear the burden of 50 percent of all new cases of STDs. Notably, girls ages 15-19 have the highest rates of Chlamydia,” the group said. “This troubling statistic overlaps the timeframe when most teens receive sex education instruction.”