The idea that adolescents in the United States practice oral sex instead of intercourse to maintain "technical virginity" was rejected on Tuesday by the study team, which examined the sexual practices of adolescents in the United States.
Previous studies in 2002 - 2005 was articulated that teens engage in oral sex in order to maintain "technical virginity." But the new study, which falsified the previous studies published in the Journal of Adolescent Health; The study was based on a survey of 2271 of females and males age 15 to 19.
According to the survey, said 55 percent of the adolescents they had engaged in oral sex, but this practice was more common among those who may also participate in the exercise of sex through the vagina. Acknowledged that the youth began having sex through the mouth and vagina in about the same time - for a period of six months after first vaginal intercourse, also participated, 82 percent in oral sex.
In a statement, said Laura Lindberg of the Guttmacher Institute in New York, who led the study, "There is a belief, widely accepted that adolescents engage in forms of nonvaginal sex, oral sex in particular, as a way to be sexually active while claiming it is still technically They are virgins ".
"However, our research shows that this replacement is supposed oral sex for sex through the vagina is largely a myth, and there is no strong evidence that adolescents who did not try out the practice of oral sex with a group of partners," said Lindberg.
The study, funded by the Guttmacher Institute studies sexual and reproductive health issues that have participated and about one in 10 teens in anal sex. This was the teen more likely to also participate in the exercise of sex through the vagina. The study also found that teens from the white race and socio-economic situation and higher is likely to have practiced oral sex or anal intercourse.
Participants, the researchers wrote in the study, "Teens of white ethnicity and socio-economic situation of higher were more likely than their peers to have ever had oral sex or anal intercourse."
Lindberg stressed that the results of the study show that the Bush administration's focus on school programs teaching sexual abstinence until marriage "does not give adolescents the skills and information they need to be safe."
According to the researchers, showed statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the March was infected more than one in four U.S. teenage girls with the disease through sexual contact, and at least one movable. The Center for Disease Control in December the birth rate for adolescents in the United States rose in 2006 for the first time since 1991.
Lindberg said the findings of the Guttmacher Institute of the effects of health
policies. She said: "While the oral sex and anal does not involve any risk of pregnancy, engaging in these behaviors, although it can put adolescents at risk of sexually transmitted diseases. Counseling and education should take into account total STI risk by addressing the full range of behaviors that teens engage in, including the practice of oral sex and anal.