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QuickStats: Percentage of Teens Aged 15--19 Years Who Had Opposite-Sex Sexual Partners* in the Past 12 Months, by Number of Partners --- United States, 2006--2010

The figure shows the percentage of teens aged 15-19 years in the United States who had opposite-sex sexual partners in the past 12 months, by number of partners, according to the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth.

* Includes heterosexual vaginal sexual intercourse only.

95% confidence interval.

§ Subgroups do not add to "any number" because of rounding.

During 2006--2010, among U.S. teens aged 15--19 years, 39% of females and 37% of males had sexual intercourse with a person of the opposite sex within the past 12 months. Among females in that age group, 25% had sex with only one sexual partner, compared with 21% of males. Approximately 11% of females in that age group had sex with two or three partners, and 4% had sex with four or more partners. Among males in that age group, 12% had sex with two or three partners, and 5% had sex with four or more partners in the past 12 months. In addition, approximately 4% of males and 4% of females reported having sexual intercourse with a person of the opposite sex, but not in the past 12 months.

Source: Martinez GM, Copen CE, Abma JC. Teenagers in the United States: sexual activity, contraceptive use, and childbearing. 2006--2010 National Survey of Family Growth. Vital Health Stat 2011;23(31). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_23/sr23_031.pdf. Additional information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsfg.htm.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of teens aged 15-19 years in the United States who had opposite-sex sexual partners in the past 12 months, by number of partners, according to the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth.



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