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Study Finds New York Teens Engage In Risky Sexual Behaviors

October 25, 2010

A new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics has revealed that high school students in New York City tend to engage in dangerous–potentially deadly–sexual activity.

The report, which was compiled by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, analyzed the results of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which is distributed every two years to subjects at high schools throughout the city. The surveys of 17,220 teens were used in the study.

According to Associated Press (AP) Writer Karen Matthews, “Of the students who completed the survey, 7,261 said they had had sexual intercourse”¦ Among the sexually active males, 93.1 percent said they had had sexual contact only with female partners, 3.2 percent said they’d had contact only with other males, and 3.7 percent said they’d had both male and female partners”¦ Among the sexually active females, 88.1 percent said they’d had sex only with males, 3.2 percent said they’d had only female partners and 8.7 percent said they’d had partners of both sexes.”

A total of 9.3 percent of all sexually active teens said that they had engaged in intercourse with at least one same-sex partner, the survey discovered. Furthermore, according to Reuters, more than half of bisexual males and nearly half of bisexual females did not use condoms, and nearly a third of bisexual teenagers reported that they had engaged in forced sex at least once.

“Clearly there’s a high rate of same-sex partners among teens, and we need to recognize any vulnerabilities that may be associated with these behaviors,” Dr. Susan Blank, an assistant commissioner at the NYC Health Department, told Zach Gottlieb of Reuters Health on Monday. Likewise, in a separate interview, Blank told Matthews that that “students who have both male and female partners have a lot of adverse health problems.”

According to Matthews, the study found that more than 35 percent of girls who had engaged in intercourse with both male and female partners had “experienced dating violence” during the previous year. Likewise, 34.8 percent of boys who had slept with both male and female partners also had experienced dating-related violence during the prior year.

Dr. Preeti Pathela, a research scientist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, was the lead author of the study.

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