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.
Kuehn BM. Teen Sex, Drug Use Decline. JAMA. 2018;320(4):333. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.9638
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