Teens’ sexual behaviors have a big connection to their overall health, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control found.
The CDC study, which examined students in grades 9 to 12 based on their sexual behavior, found that students who did not have sex exhibited more healthy behaviors than those who had sex. In addition, sexually active teens who had contact with both sexes or the same sex reported the least healthy behaviors among the teens in the study.
The researchers asked both public and private school students questions about their sexual behavior as well as health-related issues, including seat belt use, texting and eating habits, drug and alcohol use, sexual abuse, depression and suicidal thoughts/attempts.
The study found that 48 percent of students had sexual contact with the opposite sex only, 1.7 percent had sexual contact with the same sex only, and 4.6 percent had sexual contact with both sexes. According to the study, 45.7 percent of students said they never had sexual contact.
“… across the 18 violence-related risk behaviors nationwide, the prevalence of all 18 was higher among students who had sexual contact with only the opposite sex and students who had sexual contact with only the same sex or with both sexes than students who had no sexual contact,” according to the study.
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