The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Friday that more teenage boys are using condoms then they did in 2002.
According to the study 80% of boys aged 15-19 say they used condoms the first time they had sex, a 9% increase from the same time in 2002.
The study also found that 16% of respondents say their partner also uses hormonal birth control.
Overall the study found that 85% of boys used some type of contraception when losing their virginity. The study also showed that girls lagged behind that number with 78% reporting they were using some sort of contraception.
The study wasn’t all good news for concerned parents, noting that the sexual habits of teens have not changed significantly since 2002, according to the study’s conclusion:
“The two determinants of pregnancy — sexual activity and contraceptive use — remained stable among teenagers from 2002 through 2006–2010 overall. Specifically, the percentage of never-married male and female teenagers who were sexually experienced, the percentage having had sex recently, and the percentage using a method of contraception at first and at last intercourse, remained unchanged from 2002 through 2006–2010.”
Officials still urge parents to educate their children about the dangers of unprotected sex.
The full report titled “Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth” can be found HERE.