The purpose of this study was to determine whether high school-aged virgins engage in sexual practices that can transmit sexually transmitted diseases, including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Data were collected from an anonymous self-administered survey of 2026 urban students in 9th through 12th grades.
Forty-seven percent of adolescents were virgins (42% of male adolescents and 53% of female adolescents).
Of those who were virgins, 29% and 31% reported that, during the prior year, they had engaged in heterosexual masturbation of a partner and masturbation by a partner, respectively.
The corresponding rates for heterosexual fellatio with ejaculation, cunnilingus, and anal intercourse were 9%, 10%, and 1%. Homosexual sexual activities were rare.
Condom use for fellatio was also rare.
Level of risk of virgins'sexual activities was associated with illicit substance use and other non-sexual risk behaviors, even after demographic variables had been controlled.
Few high school-aged virgins engaged in anal intercourse, but many engaged in other genital sexual activities.
Some of these activities can transmit disease, and all can indicate a need for counseling about sexual decision making, risk, and prevention.
Mots-clés Pascal : Virginité, Comportement sexuel, Maladie sexuellement transmissible, Sexualité, Risque, Adolescent, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Virginity, Sexual behavior, Sexually transmitted disease, Sexuality, Risk, Adolescent, Human, United States, North America, America
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0032002
Code Inist : 002A26G05. Création : 21/05/1997.