A new study in Pediatrics found sexting teens are more likely to be sexually active than their non-sexting peers. Before we lock up our teens or their smartphones, it’s important to note that this study found a correlation. It did not find that sexting leads to sex.
A new book examines parents attitudes about their own teens sexual behavior; the New York Times looks at the life of Mary Fisher, an HIV-positive mother of two who spoke passionately at the RNC convention in 1992; and scientists look at a new immune deficiency syndrome that is not contagious.
This week, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy released With One Voice 2012, America’s Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy. This survey tells us quite a bit about the roles parents play in the sexual decision-making of young people, how young people and adults feel about sexuality education, what they think about contraception, and the power of the media.
New research suggests that seeing sex in movies early is a predictor of early sexual debut and riskier sexual behavior among teens. The authors suggest that we should limit young people’s viewing of sex in movies. Maybe, but I for one have a hard time believing that simply keeping them out of the theaters is the answers.
In this week’s sexual health roundup: new research suggests that the HPV vaccine lowers the likelihood of HPV in both the young women who have had them and others in their communities; the FDA approves the first completely in-home HIV test but some worry about its potentially high rate of false-negatives; and the latest addition to research on teens and sexting finds those who sext are more likely to have had sex.
The CDC’s biennial survey of high school students came out today and once again it found no change in sexual risk behaviors among young people. This means that after a decade of progress (between 1991 and 2001) nothing has changed in over a decade. Clearly, we could be doing better.
Age of consent laws are meant to protect young people from exploitation by adults but in too many instances they send 18-year-old boys to jail for having consensual sex with their 15-year-old girlfriends. The boys then end up on sex offender registries for life along side rapists and pedophiles. Should we really be legislating teen sex?
New research shows–yet again–that formal comprehensive sex education leads teens to delay their first sexual experience and makes them much more likely to use birth control, make more informed choices about their partners, and reduces risky sex.
A new study concludes that adolescent girls who get spending money from their boyfriends are more likely to never to use condoms. Yet again research is holding girls and women responsible for being sexual and moral gatekeepers and devaluing the capacity of men to be active participants in their relationships.
This week the CDC released another study based on data from the latest NSFG. Once again, this survey suggests that when it comes to sexual behaviors teens are, for the most part, very responsible. And while that seems to surprise a lot of adults, I’d like to point out that I’ve been saying this for many years.