Around two in five never-married female and male teenagers have had sex, a newly released study shows.
The proportion of 15- to 19-year-olds having sexual intercourse has steadily decreased over the past couple of decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
In 2006-2008, 42 percent of female teens and 43 percent of male teens said they had sex, down from 51 percent in 1988 among females and 55 percent in 1995 among males.
Among teens that had not yet had sex, the most common reason for not yet having done so was that it was “against religion or morals,” the report noted.
Other common reasons listed were “don’t want to get pregnant” and “haven’t found the right person yet.”