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July 27, 2015 / Randall

FACT SHEET: American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health

A few key findings:

  • Teens are waiting longer to have sex than they did in the recent past. In 2006–2008, some 11% of never-married females aged 15–19 and 14% of never-married males in that age-group had had sex before age 15, compared with 19% and 21%, respectively, in 1995.
  • Contraceptive use at first sex has increased over time. Particularly large increases in condom use at first sex occurred partially in response to the AIDS epidemic.
  • The decline in teen pregnancy rates in the United States is due primarily to teens’ improved contraceptive use.
  • In 2010, New Mexico had the highest teenage pregnancy rate (80 per 1,000); rates in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma followed. The lowest rates were in New Hampshire (28 per 1,000), followed by Vermont, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Maine.


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