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Teenage Sex Health: More Using Condoms, Less Having Sex

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Teenagers are seen playing hacky sack in a file photo. Tinou Bao/Flickr

Eighty percent of teens in the United States use condoms during their first sexual relationship, almost the same rate as 8 years ago, according to government figures.

The latest figures belong to a study from 2006 to 2010 and represent an increase of 9 percentage points from 2002, according to the study released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study also found that the number of teens that have had sex at some point continued declining to 42.6 percent of females and 41.8 percent of males in the period 2006-2010.

A similar survey in 1988 found that 51.1 percent of female teens and 60.4 percent of male teens said they had had sex.

The new data was obtained by the CDC's National Survey of Family Growth after interviews with about 4,700 teenagers ages 15 to 19.

The study also found that 16 percent of teen males used a condom in combination with a female partner’s hormonal method, a 6 percentage point increase from 2002.

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