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Document Number: 5683

Trends in Sexual Risk Behaviors among High School Students—United States, 1991 to 1997 and 1999 to 2003 - This four-page paper analyzes trends in teen sexual behavior in the United States using Centers for Disease Control biennial surveys. Respondents were asked if they ever had sexual intercourse, had four or more sexual partners during their lifetime, if they were currently sexually active and if they used a condom during their last sexual encounter. The paper concludes that sexual behaviors improved between 1991 and 1997, but that little change has occurred since implementation of federally funded Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in 1998. This paper does not prove a causal relationship exists between implementation of the programs and the end of significant improvement in adolescent sexual risk-taking behaviors, and calls for further research on the issue. (Ammie N. Feijoo, Advocates for Youth, September 2004)...

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