A U.S. government study has found that most teens are virgins, a finding which one pro-life group says has “huge significance” for sex education curricula which assume that teenagers are sexually active.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s June 2010 report is titled “Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing.”
It shows that from 2006 to 2008, 58 percent of never-married teen girls and 57 percent of never-married teen boys between the ages of 15 and 19 reported that they had never had sexual relations. The numbers were substantially unchanged since a 2002 study.
As in the 2002 study, the leading reason teens gave for not having relations was “against religion or morals,” with 41 percent of teen females and 35 percent of teen males offering this reason.
The vast majority of never-married teenagers had not had relations in the month before the survey, with 76 percent of females and 79 percent of males reporting no sexual relations.