Education Report Roundup

Sexual Behavior

By Jessica L. Tonn — September 27, 2005 1 min read

“Sexual Behavior and Selected Health Measures: Men and Women 15-44 Years of Age, United States, 2002,” is available from the National Center for Health Statistics.

More than half of American teenagers say they have engaged in oral sex with a member of the opposite sex, according to a survey.

The survey—produced by the Hyattsville, Md.-based National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta—found that among 15- to 19-year-olds, 55 percent of males and 54 percent of females said they had had oral sex. In that same age group, 36 percent of males and 39 percent of females reported having had vaginal intercourse.

The researchers surveyed 12,571 people between the ages of 15 and 44.

A version of this article appeared in the September 28, 2005 edition of Education Week