A drop in oral sex was seen among females, but the numbers of males engaged in the behavior was the same. Experts said two-thirds of all youth between the ages of 15 and 24 had had an experience with oral sex, risky behavior that the federal government said is contributing to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The data came from 6, interviews among young adults from to In the youngest group, ages 15 to 19, which did not include married males, the report said that 41 percent of females and 47 percent of males had received oral sex. Forty-three percent of girls in that group had given oral sex, while 35 percent of boys had. For both sexes between the ages of 20 to 24, the numbers go up: 81 percent of females and 80 percent of males had engaged in oral sex. Some data suggest that many adolescents engage in oral sex because they believe it is safer and preserves their virginity, according to a CDC fact sheet. The CDC has taken an increased interest in the data because of the rise of sexually transmitted diseases, including a spike in HIV infection rates among males 13 to 29 years old. Some studies have found that an increase in oral cancers in the United States is associated with the human papillomavirus, and researchers attribute that to the popularity of oral sex. One of the findings of the NCHS report was that of those adolescents who'd had oral sex, only 5.
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More than 40 percent of males and females 15-19 have had oral sex.
CBS News Fewer teens and young adults are having oral sex compared to previous rates, according to a new statistical study from the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention. However more teens are still engaging in oral sex than vaginal intercourse, which health officials say is not as safe as some young adults may think. The CDC's National Health Statistics Reports , published August 16 on its website, tracks sex trends among teens and young adults in an effort to help the government agency better understand current behaviors and design potential awareness interventions. The report's authors say some adolescents have oral sex prior to vaginal intercourse to maintain virginity or avoid pregnancy or risk for sexually transmitted infections STIs. Other adolescents however have oral sex and rapidly have their first intercourse experience shortly thereafter, they say.
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NEW YORK Reuters Health - Engaging in oral sex may be a gateway to intercourse for some teens, indirectly raising their risks of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, according to a new study. California researchers found that only 9 percent of high school students who started having oral sex at the end of ninth grade had abstained from vaginal sex through the end of 11th grade. Bonnie L. And the act could carry indirect consequences as well, particularly if it leads teens to participate in more risky acts such as vaginal sex. In the new study, Halpern-Felsher and Dr. Anna V. Song of the University of California, Merced, followed more than students attending two northern California high schools from to , in order to better understand the role oral sex has in the progression of teen sexual behavior. The teens filled out questionnaires every six months between the start of ninth grade and the end of 11th grade.