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Teens are surprisingly conservative about sex. Most do not think it is all right for unmarried 16-year-olds to have sexual relations. Among 15-to-19-year-olds, 68 percent of girls and 63 percent of boys disapprove of sex between 16-year-olds. AMERICAN SEXUAL BEHAVIOR 33 Most Teenagers Have Sex before Age 18 Boys and girls are equally likely to have had sexual intercourse. Teenage sexual activity has declined significantly over the past 12 years, according to the National Survey of Family Growth.

The decline in teen sexual activity may be due to concerns about sexually transmitted diseases. 0 Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2002; Vital and Health Statistics Series 23, No. 1 Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2002; Vital and Health Statistics Series 23, No. 2 Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2002; Vital and Health Statistics Series 23, No.

The question asked of women may have elicited more "yes" answers than the questions asked of men. Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Sexual Behavior and Selected Health Measures: Men and Women 15–44 Years of Age, United States, 2002, Advance Data, No. 7 Note: The questions about same-sex sexual contact in the National Survey of Family Growth were worded differently for men and women. Women were asked whether they had ever had a sexual experience of any kind with another female. Men were asked whether they had performed any of four specific sexual acts with another male.

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