Child Health USA 2006
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In 2005, 46.8 percent of high school students reported ever having had sexual intercourse, representing a slight increase since 2003. Although non-Hispanic Black students were most likely to report ever having sexual intercourse (67.6 percent), they were also most likely to report condom use during their last sexual encounter (68.9 percent of sexually active students). Hispanic students were second most likely to report ever having had sexual intercourse (51.0 percent), followed by non-Hispanic White students (41.8 percent), and non-Hispanic students of other races (36.4 percent).

Almost half of all 12th grade students reported having sexual intercourse in the 3 months preceding the survey. Among 9th grade students, more males were currently sexually active than females (24.5 percent versus 19.5 percent). However, by 12th grade, females were more likely to be currently sexually active than males (51.7 percent versus 47.0 percent). More than half of all high school students reported that they had never had sexual intercourse.

In 2005, 62.8 percent of sexually active students reported using a condom during their last sexual encounter, representing a slight decrease since 2003. Males were more likely to report using condoms than females in every grade, and younger students were more likely than older students (74.5 and 65.3 percent of 9th and 10th graders, compared to 61.7 and 55.4 percent of 11th and 12th graders, respectively).


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Child Health USA 2006 is not copyrighted. Readers are free to duplicate and use all or part of the information contained on this page. Suggested Citation: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Child Health USA 2006. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006.