From Frugivore — According to the Center for Disease Control, U.S. high school students surveyed in 2009 that 46% had sexual intercourse, 34% had sexual intercourse during the previous 3 months and, of this specific group, 39% did not use a condom the last time they had sex and 77% did not use birth control pills or the Depo-Provera shot to prevent pregnancy the last time they had sex. Additionally, 14% had sex with four or more people during their life.

Here’s the bad news:

Nearly half of the 19 million new STDs each year are among young people ages 15 to 24 years old. More than 400,000 teen girls ages 15-19 years old gave birth in 2009. And approximately 8,300 young people ages 13-24 years in the 40 states reporting to the CDC had an HIV infection. (Sexual Risk Behavior: HIV, STD, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention, CDC, 2009)

Here’s the good news:

During the past two decades, the teen pregnancy rate has plummeted 40%, the teen birth rate is down by one-third, and both rates declined among all racial and ethnic groups. In particular, the pregnancy rate for black teens declined 44% and the teen birth rate went down an impressive 47%.

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