Although early sexual initiation has been linked to negative outcomes, it is unknown whether these effects are causal. In this study, we use propensity score methods to estimate the causal effect of early sexual initiation on young adult sexual risk behaviors and health outcomes using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. We found that early sexual initiation predicted having 2 or more partners for both males and females and having a sexually transmitted infection in the past year females only but did not predict depressive symptoms in the past week for either gender. These results underscore the importance of continued programmatic efforts to delay age of sexual initiation, particularly for females.
Sexual Risk Behaviors Can Lead to HIV, STDs, & Teen Pregnancy
Sexual Risk Behaviors Can Lead to HIV, STDS, & Teen Pregnancy | Adolescent and School Health | CDC
Many young people engage in sexual risk behaviors and experiences that can result in unintended health outcomes. Half of the 20 million new STDs reported each year were among young people aged 15 to 24 3. Nearly , babies were born to teen girls aged 15—19 years in The correct and consistent use of male latex condoms can reduce the risk of STD transmission, including HIV infection. School health programs can help young people adopt lifelong attitudes and behaviors that support their health and well-being—including behaviors that can reduce their risk for HIV and other STDs. This includes knowing how HIV is transmitted and prevented, and knowing which behaviors place individuals at greatest risk for infection. The prevalence of some health behaviors remains high and puts youth at higher risk for negative health outcomes and poor academic performance.
For Teens: How to Make Healthy Decisions About Sex
The decision to engage in sexual activity or behavior as a teen or young adult can be a confusing time. Sexual activity includes vaginal penetration of the vagina by the penis or other object , oral, or anal. Sexual behavior can include sexting , taking sexually explicit photos of yourself, using online chat rooms for sexual conversations, social media abuse, masturbation, and viewing pornography. There are many things to consider before choosing to engage in sexual activity or behavior.
Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. It should not be surprising that adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, who have the highest rates of fertility for their age in the world, face probably the highest risks of pregnancy-related mortality, of delivery complications, and of premature births or low-birthweight babies. Teenage pregnancy in Africa also has important social and economic outcomes, the most highly publicized of which stem from lost educational opportunities when pregnancy forces young women to leave school. Because there has been.