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QuickStats: Percentage of Persons Aged 15--19 Years Who Received Formal Sex Education* Before Age 18 Years, by Selected Topics --- National Survey of Family Growth, United States, 2006--2008

The figure shows receipt of formal sex education before age 18 years, among persons aged 15-19 years, by selected topics in the United States, from 2006-2008. During 2006-2008, 97% of persons aged 15-19 years received formal sex education on one or more of four topics before they were age 18 years. The percentage who reported receiving formal sex education on methods of birth control (66%) was less than the percentage who received education on how to say no to sex (84%), STDs (89%), or how to prevent HIV/AIDS (93%).

Abbreviations: STDs = sexually transmitted diseases; HIV/AIDS = human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

* Based on responses to the question "Now I'm interested in knowing about formal sex education you may have had. Before you were 18, did you ever have/have you ever had any formal instruction at school, church, a community center, or some other place about: how to say no to sex, methods of birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, and how to prevent HIV/AIDS?"

95% confidence interval.

During 2006--2008, 97% of persons aged 15--19 years received formal sex education on one or more of four topics before they were age 18 years. The percentage who reported receiving formal sex education on methods of birth control (66%) was less than the percentage who received education on how to say no to sex (84%), STDs (89%), or how to prevent HIV/AIDS (93%).

Sources: CDC. National Survey of Family Growth, 2006--2008. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsfg/nsfg_2006_2008_puf.htm.
Martinez GM, Abma, JC, Copen CE. Educating teenagers about sex in the United States: NCHS data brief, no. 44. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db44.htm.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows receipt of formal sex education before age 18 years, among persons aged 15-19 years, by selected topics in the United States, from 2006-2008. During 2006-2008, 97% of persons aged 15-19 years received formal sex education on one or more of four topics before they were age 18 years. The percentage who reported receiving formal sex education on methods of birth control (66%) was less than the percentage who received education on how to say no to sex (84%), STDs (89%), or how to prevent HIV/AIDS (93%).



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