Sexual activity among teens
Significance of this indicator:
According to the CDC, early sex among young persons can have negative consequences. Pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), result in high social, economic, and health costs for affected persons, their children, and society.
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How we are doing:
The percentage of youth who reported never having sex has increased by 7.6% in Colorado as a whole. Pueblo City Schools had 46% of youth who reported never having sex in the 2012-2013 school year, and in 2013, Pueblo County as a whole had 47%. The difference between Colorado and Pueblo increased to 19.9%.
The age distribution for initiation of sexual intercourse in Pueblo matched that of Colorado fairly closely. The greatest single difference was in the proportion of youth who reported never having had intercourse. While 59% of Colorado high school students reported never having had sex, only 46% of Pueblo students reported never having had intercourse - a difference of 13%. The percentage of students that reported never having sex declined with the higher grades. Among both groups, 15 appears to be the most common age at which young people have intercourse for the first time.
What the data tell us:
Age when person had sexual intercourse for the first time.
Healthy Kids Colorado Survey: Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Connections for Healthy Schools, Colorado Division of Behavior Health, Omni
For 2013 numbers, Pueblo City Schools numbers were unavailable and Pueblo county numbers were used.
For Colorado's 2011 and Pueblo's 2012-2013 numbers - Data for Pueblo and Colorado available for different year span: Pueblo City Schools' data is from year 2012, Colorado is from year 2011.