during 1991--2005, the prevalence of current sexual activity decreased 9% from 37.4% to 33.9%
. a significant linear decrease was detected overall and among black students (table
), but the prevalence of current sexual activity did not decrease significantly among any other subgroups of students. among currently sexually active students, the prevalence of condom use increased 36% from 46.2% to 62.8%
. a significant linear increase in condom use was detected overall and among all subgroups of students. among black students, a significant quadratic trend also was detected, indicating that the prevalence of condom use among currently sexually active black students increased during 1991--1999 and then leveled off through 2005.
in other words fewer teenagers are sexually active but those that are choosing to engage in sexual activity are tending towads the use of condoms to prevent disease and pregnancy. it is worrying that the trend towards condom use has flattened since "abstinence only" has become the message of sex education programs.
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