Summary: Nine Million Teens and Young Adults contract Sexually Transmitted Infections a Year.

By their 18th birthday, six in 10 teenage girls and more than five in 10 teenage boys have had sexual intercourse.

  • Alan Guttmacher Institute found that approximately 750,000 teen pregnancies every year, 82%, are unintended and more than one-quarter end in abortion. Additionally, about nine million new sexually transmitted infections occur among teens and young adults each year. By their 18th birthday, six in 10 teenage girls and more than five in 10 teenage boys have had sexual intercourse. Finally, one-quarter of sexually experienced teens had not received instruction about abstinence before the first time they had sex.1

1Facts on Sex Education in the United States, Guttmacher Institute, 2006.

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