'Let's talk about sex' by Salt'n'Pepa was a UK smash-hit in 1991, not because of the day-glo clashing street-wear styles of its trio of singers Salt, Pepa and Spinderella, but because it opened up the taboo subject of sex and made it seem cool for kids to ask questions about the birds and the bees. It's a message and a method that seems to be working in the US right now, as we learn that the rates of teen sex and pregnancies are falling.
Scientific research conducted by the Centre for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) interviewed thousands of American teens between the ages of 15 and 24 on topics such as oral and anal sex and discovered that generally, rates had dropped from 78 to 72 percent, redOrbit reveals.
'Data over the years on vaginal intercourse among never-married adolescents shows a steady drop since 1988. That seems to be in sync with other CDC studies showing an overall drop in teen pregnancy [...] Experts said that the leading influence on sexual activity among young adults is what parents teach and what peers are doing.'
It seems the kids ARE alright after all!
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