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By Michael P. Orsi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Anjani Chandra
Fewer Americans are engaging in behaviors that raise their risk for HIV/AIDS, primarily because men and women are changing their sexual activities, according to an extensive new federal report released Thursday.
Yes, Virginia, there really are 40-year-old virgins.
Apparently, fewer teens and young adults are having sex, according to a federal study which offers numbers but doesn't examine the reasons. Why is it decreasing? "That's the $100,000 question," said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Fewer teens and young adults are having sex, a government survey shows, and theories abound for why they're doing it less. Experts say this generation may be more cautious than their predecessors, more aware of sexually spread diseases. Or perhaps emphasis on abstinence in the past decade has had some influence.
The decline should raise hopes that "the messages of the public-health community have gotten through," said Anjani Chandra, a health scientist and lead researcher of the National Center for Health Statistics report.
"We do see that there's lower levels of risk behaviors reported by women, compared to men," said Ms. Chandra, noting that 8.4 percent of men reported at least one risky sex or drug abuse episode, compared to just 4.6 percent of women.