Virginity Makes a Comeback More young people postponing first encounter: study By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Mar 3, 2011 3:14 PM CST Updated Mar 6, 2011 12:18 PM CST 66 comments Comments More young people are postponing their first sexual experience, says the CDC. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – A new federal study suggests more young men and women are remaining virgins longer. In the 15-24 age group, 27% of men and 29% of women say they've never had a sexual encounter of any kind, reports MSNBC. That's up from 22% for both groups from the last study in 2002. Other findings: In the 25-44 age group, 97% of men and 98% of women have had vaginal intercourse, and about 90% in both groups have had oral sex, notes the Washington Post. 36% of women and 44% of men in the age group have had anal sex. 12.5% of women reported a same-sex experience, vs. 5.2% of men. 21% of men say they've had at least 15 sex partners, compared with 8% of women. To read about Northwestern's hey-watch-this approach to sex ed, click here.