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_ Teens were less likely to have had sex if they lived with both parents, if their mothers hadn’t been teen moms themselves, or if their mothers were college graduates.
_ Most teens _ 70 percent of girls and 56 percent of boys _ had their first sex with someone with whom they were “going steady.”
_ A minority _ 16 percent of girls and 28 percent of boys _ had their first sex with someone they just met or with whom they were “just friends.”
Some teenage girls are trying newer contraceptive methods, even the first time they have sex. A small but growing proportion of girls _ 6 percent in the new survey, compared with 2 percent in 2002 _ reported using long-acting hormonal methods such as injectable birth control, contraceptive patches or the new contraceptive ring.
The finding on teenage boys’ condom use heartened proponents of sex education.
“Boys have really stepped up to the plate in the last 20 years. We’ve included them in the conversation about teen sex and have seen them as able to be responsible actors, and they’ve done it for us,” said Linda Lindberg, a senior research associate for the Guttmacher Institute. “There’s been some shift from the double standard of teaching boys not to ask for sex and teaching girls to say no.”
She said it was too soon to see any effect from the Obama administration’s move away from abstinence-only sex education to programs that teach pregnancy prevention.
AP Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/CarlaKJohnson
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