EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

New data from the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicate the percentage of high school students who are sexually active has been decreasing since 1991, with it dropping from 38% in 1991 to 30% in 2015.

  • However, the data indicate that among high school students who are currently sexually active, condom use decreased from 63% in 2003 to 57% in 2015, following more than a decade of increases that peaked in the early 2000s. Condom use decreased slightly from 2013 (59%) to 2015 (57%), the data suggest.
  • Fewer teens report formal education about reproduction health. In a separate analysis, half of teen females and 58% of teen males reported they received formal instruction about how to use a condom.