Good Morning Fly Girls!
So I know your parents are always telling you that the safest sex is no sex and if you are already sexually active to protect yourself and your partner by using condoms. Well, it is important you listen and take action ladies!
According to The National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, risky sexual behavior amongst African American youth has significantly decreased in the past 20 years. The national HIV-related risk behavior data on U.S. high school students primarily between the ages of 14 and 17.
The survey shows the percentage of high school students who said they are sexually active went from 54 percent to 46 percent between the years of 1991 and 2001. The percentage has stayed at 47 percent to 2011. Among sexually active teens the usage of condoms have went up to 60 percent in the years 2003 to 2011, compared with 46 percent in 1991.
Laura Kann, a senior CDC scientist who has led the survey stated,”Too many high school students in this country are at risk for HIV because they have had sexual intercourse, had multiple sex partners and are having unprotected sexual intercourse without a condom,” she said. “Any kid that is practicing those behaviors is putting themselves at risk.”
From the Huffington Post:
“In 1991, 82 percent of black students said they had had sex, and that figure declined to 60 percent by 2011. The number who reported multiple sexual partners fell from 43 percent to 25 percent.
‘At a time when we know there are tremendous health inequities associated with HIV, data that suggests that we are moving in the right direction to reduce some of these inequities – that’s a good-news story and we need to learn why this is occurring and see what more we can do to support that trend,’ he told Reuters.”
The CDC also is grappling with spending cuts and is expected to reduce its budget for HIV and sexual education programs by 25 percent next year.
Is having sex important to you as a teen?? How can you protect yourself?