Compared to other years, last year registered a 10% decrease in the number of youths between thirteen and nineteen years who have engaged in active sex. In the last ten years, half of the interviewed youths admitted to having had sex. In 2017, only four out of every ten youths interviewed confirmed to have done it. This was the minimum number of the youths recorded in the last two decades. However, the survey also revealed that there is an increase in the number of youths battling mental problems such as desperation and hopelessness. Compared to other years, there is a 3% increase in the number of teenagers battling such mental issues.
The survey also revealed that more teenagers have engaged themselves in sexual pervasions. The number of homosexuals and heterosexuals has increased rapidly, something which can be attributed to the mental problems that these youths are facing. Among them, some declared that lack of knowledge regarding their sexual orientation has led them to fall prey to such activities.
In other areas of their lives, these youths seem to be making good choices. But when it comes to those things in which they have no influence over, more of them are being victimized. A good number of them contemplated suicide at some point in their lives. One out of every three youths today is battling melancholic feelings such as dejection and gloominess.
Out of every ten youths, four of them admitted having experienced intercourse. This is a 10% decline compared to the results of the survey conducted ten years ago. In addition to that, the survey conducted ten years ago showed that three out of every twenty youths had more than four sex partners. In the recent survey, the results showed a 5% decrease in the number of youths with multiple sex partners.
Use of condoms has declined
Another area of concern is the decline in the number of youths practicing safe sex. The recent survey shows that there is a 7.7% decrease in the number of youths using condoms during sex. Most of the teens are reported to using natural means of controlling birth such as hormonal means. In conclusion, the number of teens instigating sex has decreased, and the ones engaging in it seem to have been practicing it safely. Besides the worrying decline in the number of teens using condoms, this is a commendable improvement.
Teenage pregnancies have declined
The results also indicated that fewer teens have given birth compared to the number reported in the previous survey. This is tremendous. Youths also need to be reminded that prevention of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) is equally important as controlling unwanted pregnancies. STIs and HIV prevalence is highest among the youths of between fifteen and mid-twenties, with one-fifth of the new HIV victims in the entire USA being those youths.
Drugs and Substance Abuse
Opioids are among the most misused drugs. Drugs such as hydrocodone, Percocet, and OxyContin are most abused among the youths. It was reported that 14% of the interviewed youths have misused those drugs. As a matter of concern, both boys and girls are equally trapped in this menace, the number of black youths being lesser than that of white and Hispanic teens. Other drugs and substances abused include heroin, cocaine, and glue. Compared to the results of the survey conducted in 2017, there is an 8.6% decline in the number of youths using those drugs. This is a tremendous step in the right direction.
The number of teens battling mental issues has increased.
Over the last ten years, there has been a 3.5% increase in the number of teens who have contemplated suicide. The number of white and Hispanic teens who have contemplated suicide is lower than the number of their black counterparts. The number of girls who have found themselves contemplating suicide is relatively higher than that of boys of the same age. Research shows that more girls than boys suffer intimidation, and most of them spend much time fighting suicidal thoughts. Also, more girls than boys are likely to suffer mental issues such as depression and frustration.
The number of youths pushed to engage in sex without their consent remains the same for over ten years, except that the number of boys victimized is 1% less than it was a decade ago. Approximately 10% of young females have engaged in sex without their consent.
Some school-going children have skipped classes over insecurity issues. They claimed they had felt unsafe to go to school.
LBGT teens more likely to be victimized
Rape cases, violence and bullying cases are higher among the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender teens than among other kids. Those who have not known their sexual orientation yet face more cases of violence compared to their peers. Similarly, LGBT teens suffer bullying physically or online than those that are not. It has also been reported that most of these kids consider themselves to be unsafe in school or on their way to or from school.
Heterosexual kids do not seem to have most of these issues. They are also less involved in drug and substance abuse than their age mates. The number of homosexuals battling melancholic feelings is 36% higher than that of their heterosexual peers. More than one out of every five of these kids admitted to having contemplated suicide at some point. This is 17.6% higher than the number of heterosexuals who have contemplated suicide.
The result of this survey is a clear indication that the CDC has made tremendous progress in educating teens and their parents, but still much is yet to be done. Teens need to be helped to boost their self-esteem and be assured of their safety within or without learning institutions. There is also a dire need to educate kids on how to make the right choices in life, and to improve the learning environments conducive and supportive.