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Sex education

 

Percentage of teens aged 15-19 years of age who report having received formal instruction before the age of 18 on "how to say no to sex," by sex and grade when they received instruction:

  Did not receive
instruction
Received instruction and grade when first received instruction
1-5 6 7 8 9 10-12
Females, 20021 14.5% 17.6% 19.8% 17.4% 12.5% 12.2% 5.8%
Females, 2006-20102 11.4% 15.7% 16.4% 20.0% 14.3% 15.9% 6.3%
Males, 20021 17.4% 22.7% 17.8% 17.3% 11.4% 9.6% 3.6%
Males, 2006-20102 17.5% 18.3% 14.9% 16.2% 13.4% 13.2% 6.0%

 

 

Percentage of teens aged 15-19 years of age who report having received formal instruction before the age of 18 on "methods of birth control," by sex and grade when they received instruction:

  Did not receive
instruction
Received instruction and grade when first received instruction
1-5 6 7 8 9 10-12
Females, 20021 30.1% 5.9% 9.3% 12.5% 13.2% 18.6% 10.0%
Females, 2006-20102 29.5% 5.5% 8.2% 11.7% 12.7% 20.6% 11.5%
Males 20021 33.8% 8.3% 9.3% 13.8% 11.0% 16.0% 6.8%
Males 2006-20102 39.1% 5.3% 6.9% 11.2% 13.0% 15.9% 8.0%

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 24, Tables 26 and 27 [PDF - 2.2 MB]
2Special tabulations by NCHS
For more information on this topic see: Data Brief No. 44 [PDF - 1 MB]

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Sexual activity between females

 

Percentage of females 18-44 years of age in 2006-2010 who have ever had any sexual activity with a female partner: 14.2%.

Source:

Chandra A, Copen CE, Mosher WD. Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction, and Sexual Identity in the United States: Data from the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth. In: Baumle AK (ed). International Handbooks of Population, International Handbook on the Demography of Sexuality. Volume VI: Springer Science and Business Media Dordrecht, 2013:45-66. (Available upon request at nsfg@cdc.gov)

 

Sexual activity between males

 

Oral/anal sex between males

Percentage of males 15-44 years of age who have ever had oral or anal sex with another male, 2006-20101: 5.1 %.

Percentage of males 15-44 years of age who have had oral or anal sex with another male in the last 12 months, 2006-20102: 2.1%.

Sources:

1Chandra A, Copen CE, Mosher WD. Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction, and Sexual Identity in the United States: Data from the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth. In: Baumle AK (ed). International Handbooks of Population, International Handbook on the Demography of Sexuality. Volume VI: Springer Science and Business Media Dordrecht, 2013:45-66. (Available upon request at nsfg@cdc.gov)


2NHSR No. 46, Table 1[PDF - 188 KB]

 

Oral sex between males

Percentage of males 15-44 years of age in 2006-2010 who have ever had oral sex with another male: 5.0%.

Source:
Chandra A, Copen CE, Mosher WD. Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction, and Sexual Identity in the United States: Data from the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth. In: Baumle AK (ed). International Handbooks of Population, International Handbook on the Demography of Sexuality. Volume VI: Springer Science and Business Media Dordrecht, 2013:45-66. (Available upon request at nsfg@cdc.gov)

 

Forced sex - males

  20021 2006-20102
Percentage of men 18-44 years of age ever forced to have sex by another male 2.0% (1.1 million) 1.6% (866,000)

(Based on the question): “At any time in your life, have you ever been forced by a male to have oral or anal sex against your will?”

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 26, Table 17 [PDF - 3.5 MB]
2Special tabulation by NCHS

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Sexual activity between males and females

Vaginal sexual intercourse

Age at first sexual intercourse

  20021 2006-20102
Mean age at first intercourse after menarche for women aged 15-44 17.4 years 17.1 years

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 25, Table 33 [PDF - 4.7 MB]
2Special tabulation by NCHS

  20021 2006-20102
Mean age at first intercourse for men aged 15-44 17.0 years 17.1 years

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 26, Table 14 [PDF - 3.5 MB]
2Special tabulation by NCHS

 

 

Oral sex - males and females

Percentage of males and females 15-44 years of age in 2002 and 2006-2010 who had ever had oral sex with an opposite-sex partner:

  20021-2 2006-20102
Men 83.0% 81.7%
Women 82.0% 80.4%

Sources:

1NHSR No. 36, Table 5 and 6 [PDF - 603 KB]

2Chandra A, Copen CE, Mosher WD. Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction, and Sexual Identity in the  
  United States: Data from the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth. In: Baumle AK (ed).  
  International Handbooks of Population, International Handbook on the Demography of Sexuality.
  Volume VI: Springer Science and Business Media Dordrecht, 2013:45-66. (Available upon  
  request at nsfg@cdc.gov)


 

Percentage of teenagers 15-19 years of age in 2007-2010 who have ever had oral sex with an opposite-sex partner:

  • Males: 48.6%
  • Females: 47.5%

Source: NHSR No. 56, Table 1 [PDF - 255 KB]

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Anal sex - males and females

Percentage of males and females 15-44 years of age in 2002 and 2006-2010 who have ever had anal sex with an opposite-sex partner:

  20021 2006-20102
Men 34.0% 37.0%
Women 30.0% 31.6%

Source:

1NHSR No. 36, Table 5 and 6 [PDF - 603 KB]

2Chandra A, Copen CE, Mosher WD. Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction, and Sexual Identity in the  
United States: Data from the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth. In: Baumle AK (ed).  
International Handbooks of Population, International Handbook on the Demography of Sexuality.
Volume VI: Springer Science and Business Media Dordrecht, 2013:45-66. (Available upon  
request at nsfg@cdc.gov)

 

Sexual identity and attraction

 

Sexual identity for men and women 18-44 years of age

2006-2010 Females Males
Heterosexual or straight 93.6% 95.6%
Homosexual or gay (or lesbian) 1.2% 1.8%
Bisexual 3.9% 1.2%

Source:

Chandra A, Copen CE, Mosher WD. Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction, and Sexual Identity in the  
United States: Data from the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth. In: Baumle AK (ed).  
International Handbooks of Population, International Handbook on the Demography of Sexuality.
Volume VI: Springer Science and Business Media Dordrecht, 2013:45-66. (Available upon  
request through nsfg@cdc.gov)

 

Sexual attraction for men and women 18-44 years of age

Males: 2006-2008, 97.2% reported being "only" or "mostly" attracted to females.

Females: 2006-2008, 95.2% reported being "only" or "mostly" attracted to males.

Source: NHSR 36, Table 11 [PDF -836 KB]

 

STD/HIV risk

 

Number of males and females 15-44 years of age who reported an HIV risk-related behavior (sexual behavior, drug use, and/or STD treatment) in the last 12 months:

  2002 2006-2010
Males 7.95 million 6.5 million
Females 6.65 million 4.9 million
TOTAL 14.60 million 11.4 million


Percentage of males and females 15-44 years of age who reported an HIV risk-related behavior (sexual behavior, drug use, and/or STD treatment) in the last 12 months:

  2002 2006-2010
Males 13.0% 10.4%
Females 10.8% 8.0%
Total 11.9% 9.2%


Percentage of males and females 15-44 years of age reporting each behavior in the last 12 months (each behavior may increase an individual’s risk of HIV and other STDs; respondents could report more than one of these behaviors):

  2002 2006-2010
Treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
(STDs) in the last 12 months
3.0% 3.3%
Five or more opposite-sex partners 3.5% 2.8%
Sex in exchange for money or drugs 2.3% 1.0%
Having an HIV-positive sex partner 0.5% 0.1%
Drug use1: Illicit drug injection or crack cocaine use 1.5% N/A
Sexual activity between males (males only) 2.7% 2.1%
Women who had male partners who have sex with other males 2.3% 1.4%
Any HIV risk-related behavior 11.9% 9.2%

Source: NHSR No. 46, Table 1 [PDF - 343 KB]

Note: 2006-2010 data include crystal methamphetamine use in this measure of drug use in last 12 months

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STD treatment/HIV testing

HIV testing

Percentage of men and women 15-44 years of age who have ever had an HIV test, not counting blood donation:

  2002 2006-2010
Men 46.5% 41.9%
Women 55.3% 59.1%

Source: NHSR No. 58, Table 1 [PDF - 422 KB]

 

Percentage of men and women 15-44 years of age who had an HIV test (not counting blood donation) in the last 12 months:

  2002 2006-2010
Men 15.0% 13.0%
Women 20.0% 21.4%

Source:  NHSR No. 58, Figure 1, Figure 2 and Table 3 [PDF - 422 KB]

 

Percentage of men and women 15-44 years of age who had an HIV test outside of blood donation by whether they engaged in an HIV risk-related behavior in the last 12 months, 2006-2010:

  Engaged in 1 or more risk-related behaviors in last 12 months Engaged in no HIV risk-related behaviors in last 12 months
Men 33.5% 10.6%
Women 43.0% 19.7%

Source: NHSR No. 58, Table 4 [PDF - 422 KB]

 

STD treatment

Percentage of men and women 15-44 years of age who received treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) other than HIV in the last 12 months among men and women 15-44 years of age:

  2002 2006-2010
Total (men and women) 3.0% 3.3%
Women 3.4% 4.1%
Men 2.6% 2.6%

Source: NHSR No. 46, Table 1 [PDF - 343 KB]

 

Sterilization (female)

 

Percentage ever having a female sterilization operation

Percentage of women 15-44 years of age in 2006-2010 who have had a sterilizing operation, by type of operation:

  • Tubal sterilization: 15.0%
  • Hysterectomy: 3.7%
  • Other operations: 2.2%

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Main reason for operation

Among women 15-44 years of age in 2006-2010 who had tubal sterilizations within the past 5 years, percent distribution by main reason for the tubal sterilization:

  2006-2010
She had all the children she wanted 63.7%
Her husband or partner had all the children he wanted 4.5%
Medical reasons for the tubal sterilization 23.8%
Problems with other methods of birth control 3.0%
Other reasons 5.1%

 

Among women 15-44 years of age in 2006-2010 who had hysterectomies within the past 5 years, percent distribution by main reason for the hysterectomy:

  2006-2010
She had all the children she wanted 2.1%
Medical reasons for the hysterectomy 96.2%
Other reasons 1.7%

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

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