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Teens Turn to Oral Sex Seeking Safe Alternative, Study Finds

 
 
Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 09:42 am
Teens Turn to Oral Sex Seeking Safe Alternative, Study Finds
By Elizabeth Lopatto - Bloomberg News
Aug 15, 2012

Two-thirds of U.S. teenagers and young adults ages 15 to 24 have had oral sex, according to U.S. researchers who say people in this group may mistakenly feel it’s less risky than vaginal intercourse.

This is the first time researchers asked young people about the timing of oral sex relative to vaginal intercourse, according to today’s findings by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s important to understand sexual activities of young people to help educate them about the risks, the authors wrote in the report.

The study, based on 6,346 interviews that followed behavior 2007 through 2010, determined that 66 percent of females and 65 percent of males had experienced oral sex. About 25 percent of both genders had oral sex at least once before they had vaginal intercourse for the first time, the survey found.

“Research suggests that adolescents perceive fewer health- related risks for oral sex compared with vaginal intercourse,” wrote the authors, led by Casey Copen in the division of vital statistics for the Atlanta-based CDC. “However, young people, particularly those who have oral sex before their first vaginal intercourse, may still be placing themselves at risk of STIs or HIV before they are ever at risk of pregnancy.”

About 28 percent of females and 27 percent of males hadn’t had any kind of sex at all, according to the Atlanta-based agency.

The percentage of teenagers who have had vaginal sex dropped from 51 percent in 1988 to 43 percent in the period from 2006 to 2010, the report said. Condom use increased, according to the report, though the rate of sexually transmitted diseases remained about the same.
Infection Risks

In 2010, half of new sexually transmitted infections occurred in people ages 15 to 24. Oral sex can transmit chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea and syphilis, according to the report.

Though the researchers asked about whether oral sex preceded vaginal intercourse, they didn’t ask at what age the non-coital activity took place, so the amount of time between first oral sex and vaginal intercourse can’t be determined.

About 8 percent of females and 13 percent of males ages 15 to 17 had oral sex without vaginal intercourse; those numbers were lower among older teenagers, with about 6 percent of females and 7 percent of males who were 18 to 19 reporting oral sex without coitus.

The younger a girl was when she had vaginal intercourse for the first time, the more likely it was that she experienced oral sex afterwards, the survey found.

White teenagers were most likely to experience oral sex before vaginal intercourse, with 49 percent of those surveyed saying they had oral sex first. In contrast, 37 percent of Hispanic young adults had oral sex first, and 27 percent of black kids.
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JLNobody
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 02:29 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
O.K., you're back to normal--another informative post. But, of course, there are no safe alternatives. Life is unsafe.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 02:33 pm
@JLNobody,
I didn't take it as informative, sorry, BBB and JLN. My reaction was, you're kidding that this is some kind of news.
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jessicasmith
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 11:30 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
Having oral sex has health risk to everybody. If they can't resist having sex, they can use condom, contraceptive pills or withdrawal. it will depend on the partner which one they want.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 12:21 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
Quote:
Teens Turn to Oral Sex Seeking Safe Alternative, Study Finds


Quote:
A report on teen sexual activity released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics found an overall decrease in the practice of oral sex among 15- to 19-year-olds between 2002 and 2010. That finding reflected a similar decline in vaginal intercourse among the same group, according to health experts.

In 2002, 55% of boys and 54% of girls reported ever having had oral sex. By 2010, only 48% of boys and 45% of girls reported having participated in oral sex, according to the report.

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-teen-sex-study-20120816,0,3835706.story

This headline is poorly chosen given the fact....it might be from ignorance of the facts or it might be typical american fear mongering.
roger
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 12:53 am
@hawkeye10,
Well, at least they said "seeking" instead of "finding".
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HesDeltanCaptain
 
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Reply Fri 21 Aug, 2015 06:14 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
Only safe alternative is masturbation. It's the only sexual behaviour with all positive health benefits with none of the risks as with partner-sex.

It's like being "Blade" all the strengths, none of the weaknesses. Smile
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