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One In Four Teens Is Having Oral Sex Before Intercourse

It’s a hard reality to admit for a parent but there’s no surprise that teens tend to have oral sex before having intercourse. But a new study shows that only 25% of teens are having oral sex before intercourse, contrary to popular belief.

The first research of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the sexual habits of teenagers uncovers new and surprising findings. Although the percentage of young people engaging into oral sex before intercourse has dropped, the overall attitude towards is wrong. Teenagers turn to oral sex believing it’s safer than vaginal intercourse.

One in four teens is having oral sex before intercourse because they think it’s safer. And it is, in the case of H.I.V. But this is wrong for other STDs like genital herpes, gonorrhea and syphilis which have higher transmission rates from oral sex than vaginal intercourse. In this case, teens having oral sex might risk more than they think.

“So we need to provide sex education to young people that provides all the information they’ll need, from S.T.D.’s to pregnancy prevention”, said Leslie Kantor, vice president for education of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, for Herald-Tribune.

The National Center for Health Statistics published the conclusions of a research that was going on from 2007 to 2010. The data came from 6,346 live interviews among young people in the United States. The most important result is the overall percentage of teenagers that engage in oral sex and intercourse. The study revealed an overall drop in both intercourse and oral sex amongst teenagers aged 15 to 19.

Previous data from the Centers for Disease Control show that in 2002, about 55 percent of 15 to 19-year-olds admitted having engaged in oral sex. However, between 2006 and 2010, that number dropped to 48 percent for boys and 46 percent for girls. For the age group 20-24, the numbers go up to about 80 percent for both sexes. So, approximately two out of three youngsters have had oral sex and intercourse until they reached 24.

Deborah Tolman, psychology professor at Hunter College in NYC, is worried about the answer to who’s giving and who is getting question. “Our girls need to know they are entitled to make a choice” said Tolman. “They are engaging in behaviors out of various forms of pressure – relationship and emotional pressure” she added.

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