CDC Surveys Find Teenage Sex Trends Moving in Right Direction

Boys are being responsible for once. A "surprising 80 percent of teenage boys say they are using condoms the first time they have sex, a government survey found," reports Carla K. Johnson of the AP. "But another promising trend -- a drop since the 1980s in the number of teenagers having sex -- has leveled off."  The rest of the CDC report's numbers, however, were mostly good news. "The U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 -- 39 births per 1,000 females -- was nearly 40 percent lower than the peak in 1991," writes Johnson. Also: "For the first time, there was no racial difference in the percentage of girls reporting they had had sex. In the past, black females were more likely than whites to be sexually experienced."

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