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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 24/31, 2018

Teen Sex, Drug Use Decline

JAMA. 2018;320(4):333. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.9638

Fewer teens are having sex or using illicit drugs, according to data from the CDC’s 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

The YRBS provides a nationally representative snapshot of behaviors that put US high school students at risk. The survey found the number of high school students who ever had sex declined from 47.8% in 2007 to 39.5% in 2017. The number of teens reporting 4 or more sexual partners also declined from 14.9% to 9.7% during the last decade. Reported use of illicit drugs also dropped from 22.6% to 14.0%. All three trends may help reduce the risks of teens contracting HIV or other diseases that may be transmitted via sex or injection of drugs.