Young people today are more likely to delay having sex

Teens and sex: what’s going on in our schools?
NZ Herald 4 July 2016
Family First Comment: Great stuff. Contrary to the approach of Family Planning and Rainbow Youth, throwing condoms at kids isn’t working. Encouraging young people to abstain IS.
“The study found that among secondary students surveyed in 2001 and in 2012, there was a near 7 per cent drop in those who had “ever had sex” and a 2.3 per cent decrease in those who reported being sexually active at the time. But there was also a decline in those reporting they always used condoms (down 3.3 per cent), used condoms the last time they had sex (7 per cent) or “used contraception at last sex” (5.8 per cent). Rates of teen pregnancy and abortion were declining. 18.8 per cent of teenagers in Kiwi secondary schools were sexually active in the 2012 figures.”

A better approach is urgently needed to target a high-risk group of school-aged Kiwis having unprotected sex.

That’s the call from the author of a new study who fears sexual health among young people remains shrouded in secrecy and shame.

Analysis of major surveys from 2001, 2007 and 2012 suggests today’s sexually active students are less likely to regularly use condoms and other contraception than those surveyed 11 years ago.

But the study, looking at the experiences of more than 27,000 secondary school students, also indicated young people today are more likely to delay having sex

By the numbers
• The study found that among secondary students surveyed in 2001 and in 2012, there was a near 7 per cent drop in those who had “ever had sex” and a 2.3 per cent decrease in those who reported being sexually active at the time.

• But there was also a decline in those reporting they always used condoms (down 3.3 per cent), used condoms the last time they had sex (7 per cent) or “used contraception at last sex” (5.8 per cent).

• Rates of teen pregnancy and abortion were declining. 18.8 per cent of teenagers in Kiwi secondary schools were sexually active in the 2012 figures.
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