Status: Baseline only
Increase the proportion of adolescents who have never had sexual intercourse
Baseline: 76.7 percent of adolescents aged 15 to 17 years had never had sexual intercourse as reported in 2015-17
Target: 80.8 percent
Data Source: National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), CDC/NCHS
Adolescents who have sex at a younger age are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors in the future. They’re also more likely to get a sexually transmitted infection — and to get pregnant. Interventions like mentoring and comprehensive sex education programs may help keep adolescents from having sex.
Workgroup: Family Planning Workgroup