TEENS GET SEX EDUCATION, BUT NOT FROM PARENTS! Reuters (07.16.09) A new CDC report on data from numerous studies shows the sexual and reproductive health of young People ages 10-24 remains a key public health concern. Among the report's findings: *Among girls ages 15-17, 30 percent reported they had engaged in sex, rising to 70.6 percent for girls ages 18-19. *For boys, 31.6 percent of those ages 15-17 had ever had sex, increasing to 64.7 percent of those ages 18-19. *Almost 70 percent of teenage girls and 66 percent of boys had received instruction on birth control methods. *Among 18- and 19-year-olds, 49.8 percent of girls and 35 percent of boys said they had talked with a parent about methods of birth control. *More than 80 percent of girls and boys said they had received formal instruction before age 18 on how to say no to sex. *Almost 10 percent of young women ages 18-24 reported their first intercourse was involuntary. *HIV infections among boys ages 15-19 nearly doubled in the past 10 years, from 1.3 cases per 100,000 in 1997 to 2.5 cases in 2006. This is why every parent needs to read and share this book's insight with their teenager(s).
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