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
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.
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