Youth Risk Behavior

Among U.S. high school students, 46% reported they have had sexual intercourse, and 34% reported having sexual intercourse during the past 3 months of taking the survey.  Of even more concern, 13.8% of all high school students surveyed reported having sexual intercourse with four or more people during their life.

It is estimated that Mississippi spends $154 million each year on teen pregnancy.  Of Mississippi’s high school students, 61% say they have had sexual intercourse in their life (national average is 46%).  13.4% of Mississippi high school students reported they had sexual intercourse before the age of 13 years (national average 5.9%).  Nearly 24% of all Mississippi high school students reported having sexual intercourse with four or more persons during their lifetime (national average 13.8%).

An estimated 8,300 young people aged 13 to 24 years in the 40 states reporting to the CDC had HIV infection in 2009.  Nearly half of the 19 million new STDs each year are among young people ages 15 to 24 years.  More than 400,000 teen girls aged 15 to 19 years gave birth in 2009.

In Mississippi, youth violence in relationships is ahead of the national average.  Of all Mississippi high school students, 14.2% reported they have been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the past 12 months of taking the survey (national average 9.8%).  10.1% of all Mississippi high school students reported ever being physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to (national average 7.4%).

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