Statistics published by the Department of Health reported some optimistic findings on the sexual health of Americans. For example, the incident of new AIDS cases decreased 47 percent in the past four years—from 682 in 2007 to 363 in 2011.
In addition, The Kaiser Family Foundation reported that in recent years, the percent of high school students having sex has decreased from 54 percent in 1991 to 47 percent in 2013. Also, the incidents of teen pregnancy, births, and abortions have all decreased. They added that the percentage of high school students who report having had four or more sexual partners declined from 18 percent in 1995 to 15 percent in 2013.
While the news is encouraging, there are new behavioral risks that some adolescents and young adults are taking in their relationships that are of some concern. The issues aren’t as much of a worry for their physical health, but their emotional and mental health.
The Independent said that more than ever, teenagers aged 16-18 are engaging in anal sex, usually in an attempt to recreate what they’ve seen in porn. It’s not the act itself that is concerning, but what they call the “climate of coercion” that usually accompanies it at this age. They said that “consent and mutuality are not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it.” The behavior is especially risky among this age range considering the fact that Adam & Eve’s Safer Sex Guide reported “Four percent of university students claim that they hardly ever perform safer sex.”
Another risky behavior becoming more common among teens and young adults is sexting and sending nude photos to one another. Unfortunately, while most young people are aware that whatever they put online is permanent, few consider the repercussions. That’s especially true when they’re under a false sense of security because they trust their partner. While they’re usually only meant for a specific person, it doesn’t take long for the once private photos to become public, a point made even more evident by the recent amount of celebrity private photos leaked. Simply put, it’s far too easy for someone else to get ahold of your private photos.
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