NEW YORK Reuters Health - Engaging in oral sex may be a gateway to intercourse for some teens, indirectly raising their risks of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, according to a new study. California researchers found that only 9 percent of high school students who started having oral sex at the end of ninth grade had abstained from vaginal sex through the end of 11th grade. Bonnie L. And the act could carry indirect consequences as well, particularly if it leads teens to participate in more risky acts such as vaginal sex. In the new study, Halpern-Felsher and Dr. Anna V. Song of the University of California, Merced, followed more than students attending two northern California high schools from to , in order to better understand the role oral sex has in the progression of teen sexual behavior. The teens filled out questionnaires every six months between the start of ninth grade and the end of 11th grade. More than 90 percent of ninth grade students said they had not yet tried vaginal sex, while 40 percent of 11th graders reported the same.
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More than 40 percent of males and females 15-19 have had oral sex.
A drop in oral sex was seen among females, but the numbers of males engaged in the behavior was the same. Experts said two-thirds of all youth between the ages of 15 and 24 had had an experience with oral sex, risky behavior that the federal government said is contributing to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The data came from 6, interviews among young adults from to
Mitchell J. Prinstein, PhD, Christina S. Meade, MS, Geoffrey L. Objective To provided initial descriptive information regarding adolescents' engagement in oral sex and to investigate adolescents' perceptions of their best friends' sexual behavior and peer-reported popularity as two social mechanisms that may influence engagement in oral sex. Methods A total of tenth graders reported their engagement in oral sex and intercourse, number of sexual partners, and use of sexually transmitted infection STI protection, as well as perceptions of their best friends' sexual behaviors. Sociometric assessment yielded peer-reported measures of adolescents' preference- and reputation-based popularity. Results Adolescents were more likely to report engagement in oral sex than intercourse, report more oral sex partners than intercourse partners, and were unlikely to report use of STI protection during oral sex. Perceptions of best friends' behavior were significantly associated with adolescents' own oral sex behavior, but not intercourse.
A "birds and the bees" talk with your kids isn't complete without a discussion of oral sex, according to a new study that found a connection between oral sex and old-fashioned intercourse. The three-year survey found that teens who had oral sex by the end of ninth grade were at the highest risk of having sexual intercourse during high school. These teens had a percent chance of having intercourse by the end of ninth grade and a percent chance by the end of 11th grade.