In 2003, 46.7 percent of high school students reported ever having
sexual intercourse, representing a slight increase since 2001. Although
non-Hispanic Black students were most likely to report ever having
sexual intercourse (67.3 percent), they were also most likely to
report condom use during their last sexual encounter (72.8 percent
of sexually active students). Hispanic students were second most
likely to report ever having intercourse (51.4 percent), followed
by non-Hispanic White students (41.8 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 (24 percent)
than females (18.3 percent). By 12th grade, however, females were
more likely to be currently sexually active (51 percent) than males
(46.5 percent). More than half of all high school students reported
that they have never had sexual intercourse. The Maternal and Child
Health Bureau’s Abstinence Education Program provides funding
for education, mentoring, counseling, and adult supervision to promote
abstinence from sexual activity.
In 2003, 63 percent of sexually active students reported using
a condom during their last sexual intercourse. Condom use by male
students is reportedly higher than condom use by females in every
grade, and younger students reported more condom use during their
last sexual intercourse (69 percent of 9th and 10th graders) than
older students (57.4 percent of 12th graders).