Sexual Risk Patterns in Junior High
Brace yourself, the study reported that:
- 12% of the students had engaged in vaginal sex;
- 8% in oral sex; and
- 7% in anal sex.
These findings are important because we know that the earlier a person starts having any kind sex, the more likely it is that they will use alcohol or drugs before engaging in sex, not use a condom, have a higher number of lifetime sexual partners, and experience an unwanted pregnancy or STI.
Given these results, even if we as parents, educators, and clinicians are a little squeamish about bringing sex up with middle school-aged youth, someone better be doing it!