Study: Teens having safer sex than baby boomers
Okay, there's an SAT test scheduled for Saturday, so let's start off with a practice question.
Those over the age of ------- might need to sign up for a sex ed class, because a new University of Indiana study found that group has the ------- rates of condom use.
A. 18 . . scariest
B. 25 . . highest
C. 40 . . lowest
D. 21 . . drunkest
E. 35 . . craziest
If you filled in "C" with a No. 2 pencil on your Scantron bubble sheet, then you are correct. Yup, those over 40 -- let's call them baby boomers and ignore the fact that they are also probably your parents -- are least likely to use condoms.
University of Indiana sexual health researchers surveyed 5,865 adolescents and adults, ages 14 to 94, about their sex lives, favorite acts and condom use -- one of the most comprehensive studies on the topic in almost two decades, according to a university press release. Needless to say, they learned lots of interesting things:
* When having intercourse, condoms are used one out of four times. Singles use them one out of three times.
* Casual partners use condoms twice as often as those in relationships.
* Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely than whites and other racial groups to use condoms.
* Adolescents are not quite as sex-crazed as everyone thinks: About 40 percent of 17-year-old males reported they had intercourse in the past year, but only 27 percent said they had done the deed in the past 90 days.
You can read more about the study here.
| October 4, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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