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Survey Finds Some High School Students Engage in Risky Sexual Behavior

Monday, October 25, 2010

Health officials say a new survey found that about 40 percent of New York City teens are sexually active and nearly one in ten of those say they've had at least one same-sex partner.

Preethi Pathela, the study's main author, says teens who had sex with both males and females reported riskier behavior than those who only had sex with the opposite sex. "For example, they were more likely to report having first had sex at an earlier age, more sex partners in the past, they were more likely to report having used drugs and or alcohol with sex," Pathela said.

The study also found that 40 percent of the teens surveyed say they identify themselves as heterosexual. But Pathela says that is less important than targeting risky behavior. "Sexual identity and behaviors, in terms of who you're having sex with, they don't really match up. And so it's really important not to focus on sexual identity in any kind of messaging that's out there, but rather to focus on the behaviors that are related to the risk," Pathela said.

Teens who engage in same-sex intercourse also report higher rates of unprotected sex and more experiences with sexual violence.

The report is based on a survey from 2005 and 2007 in which more than 17,200 students responded. The results were published in the Journal Pediatrics.

Preethi [PREETH ee] Pathela, the study's main author, says teens who had sex with both males and females reported riskier behavior than those who only had sex with the opposite sex: 

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Comments [3]

Like (to quote the kiddies), this is news?

Oct. 26 2010 02:20 PM
Mark

You focused on "risky behavior" because you fear the gay mafia. Sexual identity is important, because we are categorizing sin. By categorizing it, we make it okay for our children, a matter of fair choice versus mistaken direction. Satan is full of lies, which is what you are afraid to say because editorial will have your head and the press will destroy you if you write that. We are leading our children to sin. Homosexuality is not a state of being; it is a state of sin.

Oct. 26 2010 09:53 AM
Sarah

I think you need to check the numbers again. 17,200 or the number of people in the study divided by the number which reported sexual activity which is 7,261 did not equal 40%. Its closer to around 3%

Oct. 25 2010 06:15 PM

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