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A surprising 80 percent of teenage boys say they are using condoms the first time they have sex, a government survey found in a powerful sign that decades of efforts to change young people's sexual behavior are taking hold.
A surprising 80 percent of teenage boys are using condoms the first time they have sex, a government survey finds. But another promising trend _ fewer teenagers having sex _ has leveled off.
Despite fears of a hypersexual culture, most American teens are postponing sex until their late teens or older, and typically use some kind of birth control when they do start, according to an extensive new federal study released Wednesday.
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.
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.
A poll found that out of more than 1,000 teens, six in 10 had seen the show. Of those teens, 82 percent thought the show helped teens understand the challenges of childbearing much better, while only 15 percent thought it glamorized having a baby in high school.
For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government is funding sex education programs that aren't based solely on abstinence. But they're not just about handing out condoms, either.