Teenagers in the United States: Sexual activity, contraceptive use, and childbearing, 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth, Gladys Martinez, Casey E. Copen, and Joyce C. Abma, National Center for Health Statistics, Vital Health Stat 23(31). 2011.

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This report provides data on sexual activity, contraceptive use, and experiences with childbearing of young women and men ages 15-19 in the United States between 2006-2010. The purpose of the report is to chart trends in these categories using data from the period 2006-2010 as well as data from past years the survey was conducted. The report includes several demographic variables as points of comparison, including age, family living arrangement, mother's education, and Hispanic origin and race.

One of the authors' principal findings is that 85% of males ages 15-19 reported using a condom the first time they had sex, an increase of 9 percentage points since 2002. They found that 78% of females ages 15-19 used some method of contraception the first time they had sex, which remains unchanged from the 2002 survey. These figures suggest that the majority of youth are aware of the benefits of condom use and are committed to engaging in safer sex, though the report did not include data on the percentage of youth that continue to use contraceptives during later sexual encounters.

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